Daily News reports:
A Colorado woman accused of leaving her 2-year-old son alone in a car overnight during a freezing snowstorm had consumed six shots of vodka when she abandoned the child, authorities say.
Nicole Carmon reported Saturday morning that she had left her son in a car in the Denver suburb of Thornton the previous night, but couldn’t remember where. While the child was trapped, the temperature had dropped to as low as minus 8 degrees.
Police in Thornton began an urgent search after a woman who sometimes babysat for Carmon said the mother didn’t know where the boy was, according to a police arrest affidavit. The babysitter said Carmon had come to her house Saturday looking for the boy.
During the frantic search on Saturday, police found Carmon’s car in a parking lot outside a restaurant, covered by up to six inches of snow. They found the toddler partially buckled into a car seat.
The child was hospitalized with frostbitten feet and hypothermia. After initial fears he might lose a leg, the toddler has shown improvement, his father told CBS in Denver.
Carmon told police she had consumed six shots of vodka Friday night and remembered parking her car near a restaurant, walking to a gas station and then getting a ride home.
Witnesses say child left in car overnight wad not moving when police removed him.
Suffered frostbite, hypothermia. pic.twitter.com/BUyg4CLAcG
— Lance Hernandez (@lancehernandez7) December 17, 2016
The 26-year-old mother had been arrested for driving under the influence in October, according to CBS in Denver.
“She hadn’t had a drink since that October DUI. She was getting help,” Karla Begano, who sometimes watched Carmon’s kids, told the station. “She is an immaculate mother when she is sober. She loves them. I don’t understand what happened.”
Begano told CBS that she believed Carmon was with friends when she was drinking, and was angry that anyone close to Carmon would allow her to leave with the child while she was in an intoxicated state.
Carmon was charged with felony child abuse as she appeared in court on Wednesday. She faces 10 to 32 years in prison if convicted.
With News Wire Services