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In New Jersey, and the mother, 25, is charged in the hot car death of 21-month-old: prosecutors

Chaya Shurkin, 25, a New Jersey mother has been charged in the death of her toddler; the officials claim that the child was left alone in a hot car for more than two hours. (Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

The 25-year-old New Jersey mother has been charged in the death of her 21-month-old toddler; the authorities say, and the fact that the child was left in a hot car for more than two hours.

Ocean County prosecutors said Chaya Shurkin, of Lakewood, faces a child endangerment count.

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“A thorough and extensive investigation, it is found that the child was left alone in Shurkin’s vehicle for approximately two-and-a-half-hours with the car turned off, in the heat,” Ocean County prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said, according to the New York Post. “The research has shown that the act of leaving a child in the car unattended for a long period of time, the cause and manner of the child’s life.”

The police went to the home of the family on 6 May, in response to reports that a child is in need of help. She was a neighbor attempted to perform CPR on the child, who was taken to a hospital, but later died.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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