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August 01, 2016

2-year-old boy rescued from hot SUV outside Pennsylvania grocery store

Charges pending against boy's mother

A 2-year-old boy was rescued after being left alone in a vehicle outside a Pennsylvania grocery store.

According to the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department, the incident occurred Sunday around 1:40 p.m. at a Price Chopper supermarket in Wilkes-Barre Township.

Authorities received reports that a boy was sweating profusely in the driver's seat of a car for about 30 minutes. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a woman holding the child in the parking lot.

The woman told police she gained entry to the vehicle through a cracked window and removed the boy. The woman took off the boy's shirt and gave him water to help cool him down. Medical personnel evaluated the boy at the scene and determined the boy's temperature was 102 degrees. The boy was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for heat exhaustion.

After an announcement was made over the store's public address system, the boy's mother 28-year-old Rosemine Chery returned to the vehicle several minutes later.

Chery was taken into police custody and could face a charge of child endangerment.

The boy was released from the hospital and is currently in the custody of Luzerne County Children and Youth Services.