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Woman accused of leaving child in 140-degree car to get nails done

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — A woman from Hartford was arrested for leaving a child in the car on a hot day while she went to get her nails done.

Rosheenamarie Francis

Rosheenamarie Francis

Rosheenamarie Francis, 28, told police that she forgot the 6-year-old was in the car Friday in front of the Lena’s Nails II on Burnside Avenue in East Hartford.

Police said that the windows were rolled up and that the temperature inside reached 140 degrees. The child was inside for between one and two hours.

“All the windows was up. He was rocking back and forth in the backseat,” said eyewitness My Cao.”He was sweating, drooling, crying, couldn’t really breathe.”

The boy was transported to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. He was conscious and alert. Police said the child was unhurt.

A witness first called police.

“No emotions, she wasn’t upset,” said Cao, who is an employee at Lena’s Nails II.

Cao was on break when she spotted the child. Cao said she waited briefly and wanted to give the caretaker the benefit of the doubt. After a few minutes, she went back in the packed Lena’s Nails II to make an important announcement.

“I said to everyone, ‘Is that your kid in the car? Before I call police, because I don’t want anyone to get in trouble,'” Cao said. “And she was still bickering about her nails.”

Adrienne Belyeu was a customer in salon at the time and Cao asked her if it was her child.

“She kept asking people here and nobody responded,” Belyeu said.

Cao said she had a funny feeling about Francis.

“He was crying, had liquids all on his face,” Cao said.

Both police and fire departments responded to the scene, according to officers. The Department of Children and Families was also notified.

Francis was charged with risk of injury to a minor.

Eyewitness News tried to talk with Francis, but she hung up when called, and would not answer her door.

It is unclear when Francis will be in court on these charges.

Source: WFSB/CNN


  • FaithC

    How do you forget about a 6 year old in the car? This child should be taken away from this scum.

  • Lillian

    it’s becoming clear that parenting should require testing first. these people aren’t fit to have children.

  • Marti

    yeah, forgot….RIGHT ! I say wait until it’s 90 plus degrees and make her sit in the car for 2 hours…fitting punishment.

  • Jacked

    She deserves to lose that kid….my question is why a 6 year old is not big enough to just open the car door and get some air? Are kids at 6 not able to be on a booster seat?

  • Cyndi

    People like this do not deserve to have children. If she “forgot” he was in the car, couldn’t she forget to feed him, bathe him, pick him up from school? Too many children need a home with a loving family. Maybe he is one of them.

  • Kirsten

    It is very said that people continue to do this to their children. He was probably to scared to open the door. She probably told him not to get out of the car or open the doors or he would be in trouble. That lady is better than me. I would have busted out her windows (ALL of them) and then took him inside to point her out for me. As a Social Worker, I would have made sure she never saw that kid again.

  • Leslie Boudousquie

    I can’t believe that some one would forget their child it should be a everyday retain to remember your child i have a four year old and i make sure i get her out every time I get out of the car to get a shopping cart or anything

  • Ann

    I do not know the woman, but it is tragic that every summer all these poor children are killed or injured , while being left in cars.. Parents seem to forget that the children are in the cars,I can not remember ever leaving my child in the car in hot or cold weather, Even if I went into drug store for a minute my little one came with me, I was always afraid someone would try and take the child. May God be gentle on your soul for this error, if you love that child thank God and the heavens he is ok, a children are not replaceable ~

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