BRIGHTEN, Colo. — Days after a 2-year-old was left in a freezing vehicle overnight, causing him to suffer hypothermia and frostbite, his mother is due in court Monday on felony child abuse charges, PIX11 sister station KDVR reports.
Nicole Carmon is accused of leaving her child alone in a vehicle in a Colorado parking lot for at least seven hours Friday into Saturday.
Temperatures that night fell as low as negative-8 degrees, KDVR reports.
The child was hospitalized Saturday for hypothermia and frostbite, according to KDVR and CNN, but his condition has not been released.
Such bone-chilling weather can cause extreme injuries and death to anyone left alone without protection, doctors tell CNN.
“Hypothermia in extreme cases can be deadly where as frostbite, there can be dire consequences, such as loosing the tip of your nose but generally it’s not going to be life threatening,” Dr. Jared Scott with the Swedish Medical Center said.
Police are now working to determine why the child was left alone for so long.
Carmon contacted the boy’s babysitter Saturday looking for him, the Westminster Police Department told KDVR. The babysitter then called police.
Investigators initially believed they were looking for a vehicle involved in a crash, but through surveillance video, were able to locate the vehicle parked in front of a Target store.
The store was near a gas station Carmon allegedly told police she had walked by Friday night, after consuming six shots of vodka.
A witness who works in the parking lot where the vehicle was located told KDVR the car was covered in several inches of snow when she spotted it Saturday.
“I can’t imagine staying in a car overnight. I’m freezing just standing here,” witness Breanna Sanchez said.
Carmon was arrested on felony child abuse allegations. She is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
CNN contributed to this report.