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Woman sentenced for leaving toddler in car

Woman sentenced for leaving toddler in car


Karol Anne Fitzgerald

Karol Anne Fitzgerald

A Stanton woman who left her sleeping two-year-old grandchild alone in the car while shopping at Walmart was found guilty Tuesday.

Karol Anne Fitzgerald, 71, of Stanton, was found guilty and sentenced on Tuesday, October 11, by Kent County District Court Judge Jeffery O’Hara. She was sentenced to six months probation and ordered to take parenting classes.

Police were called to the Walmart in Comstock Park on Saturday, May 21, at 6:18 p.m., on a report of a child left in a vehicle.

Kent County Deputy Ysquierdo arrived on scene and found the 2-year-old girl in the back of a running car. He was unable to awaken her, and it appeared she had a red face and was sweaty. When he forced his way into the car, the child began to wake up. She was transferred to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with signs of heat exhaustion. She was later released to her mother with no injuries.

The Deputy then found Fitzgerald, who had initially gone into the store for a prescription and left the car running with the air on and a window cracked. She had reportedly been in Walmart about 40 minutes.

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