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10:31 AM Wed, Nov. 14th

Child rescued from hot vehicle; mother arrested

KINGMAN ­ At about 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, Kingman Fire Department responded to a call concerning a child locked in a vehicle in the Wal-Mart Super Center parking lot.

The vehicle was not running when KFD responders arrived to find a 4-year-old girl strapped into a child restraint seat. The interior temperature of the vehicle was 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

According to a KFD report, the child appeared flushed but in no apparent distress. Firefighters were able to unlock the door through a small opening in the window to get the little girl out of the car. They placed her inside the cab of a fire truck with the air conditioner running and gave her water.

Kingman Police Department contacted the child's mother, who had left the child in the car while she went into the store.

Lt. Ray Sipe of the KPD said officers released the child to her mother, Maria Teresa Perez, 44, of Kingman. They also arrested Perez and charged her with one count of child abuse, a Class 2 felony, but did not book her into the Mohave County Jail.

The Kingman Fire Department would like to remind residents that leaving a child in a vehicle could have dire consequences. Summer temperatures heat the interior of vehicles very quickly. Within minutes, infants, children or animals left in closed vehicles can suffer serious injury, brain damage or death.