Two-year-old spends night in parked car in Thorn­ton

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Jen­nifer Brown

A 2-year-old boy had hy­pother­mia and frost­bite af­ter his mother left him alone Fri­day night in a car parked out­side a Thorn­ton strip mall as snow fell and tem­per­a­tures dipped be­low zero, po­lice said.

Po­lice of­fi­cers found the boy about noon Satur­day in a green Ford Fu­sion, piled with snow.

They be­gan look­ing for the tod­dler at 10:40 a.m. Satur­day af­ter his mother told West­min­ster po­lice she had been in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent the night be­fore and left her son in the car, au­thor­i­ties said.

The boy’s mother, 26-year-old Ni­cole Car­mon of West­min­ster, told of­fi­cers she couldn’t re­mem­ber the de­tails of the ac­ci­dent or how she got home, but said she be­lieved her son was still in the car. She also didn’t know the lo­ca­tion of the vehi-

cle, only a gen­eral area, said Thorn­ton po­lice Of­fi­cer Matt Barnes.

The ve­hi­cle showed no sign of having been in­volved in an ac­ci­dent, Barnes said.

Car­mon was ar­rested on a felo- ny child abuse charge. Her son was taken to a hospi­tal af­ter of­fi­cers found him in a park­ing lot in the 900 block of East 120th Av­enue.

The boy was “in a state of se­vere hy­pother­mia” but was con­scious, Barnes said. “The car was blan­keted with snow,” he said. “There was no way of see­ing what was in­side.”

Po­lice are try­ing to deter­mine the cir­cum­stances that led to the child be­ing left alone in­side the ve­hi­cle and how long the boy was there.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the Thorn­ton Po­lice tip line at 720-977-5069.

Ni­cole Car­mon

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