Mom charged after leaving baby in car

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A Warren mother is facing child endangerment charges after police say she left her infant in a car while she went shopping for groceries.

According to police reports, Ashlyn Kempton, 22, went into the Giant Eagle on Mahoning Avenue Saturday around 4 p.m. and left her 7-month-old boy in the car with the windows up.

When officers arrived, they found a silver Pontiac Grand Am with a baby in a child restraint seat in the backseat of the car. The baby was crying and appeared to be in distress, the report stated.

The doors of the vehicle were locked and the windows were up. As officers were checking the locks on the car, Kempton returned to vehicle and asked officers if something was wrong with her baby.

Kempton then took the baby, who was red-faced and crying, out of the car where it was able to cool off and calm down within a few minutes.

A check of security cameras in the store showed Kempton had been shopping for about ten minutes.

Kempton was arraigned Monday. She is out on a $2,500 bond.

The child was released to the care of his grandmother.

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