Queens couple arrested after 1-year-old left in hot car on LI: police

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queens couple charged after leaving baby in hot car

Jingcai Zhou, 34, and Lu Lu, 28, are accused of leaving their 1-year-old in a hot car for about an hour in Manhasset, New York on Aug. 17, 2021, police said. (Credit: NCPD)

MANHASSET, L.I. — Police arrested a Queens couple on Tuesday after they left their infant child alone in a hot car in a Long Island parking lot, according to authorities

The couple, identified as Jingcai Zhou, 34, and Lu Lu, 28, parked their Mercedes Benz in a parking lot on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, Nassau County detectives said. Their 1-year-old child was sleeping in a rear child seat when the parents left him to enter a building in the area, according to officials.

A passerby noticed the infant alone in the car, crying and sweating. She called police when she was unable to open the door, authorities said.

A man walking by attempted to use a lock-out kit to gain entry to the vehicle but was unsuccessful, police said.

Officers arrived to find the infant boy in apparent distress, according to officials.

Authorities said the cops broke a window and took the child out of the vehicle. The boy was crying, red-faced and drenched in sweat, officials said.

The officers rushed him into a nearby store to cool the child off in the air conditioning, police said.

The boy was taken to a hospital for evaluation and was expected to be OK.

Police said a thorough investigation revealed the child was alone in the car for about an hour.

Officers arrested the parents without incident, officials said.

The couple was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child, according to police.

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