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Colorado mother accused of leaving 2-year-old son in freezing car overnight

THORNTON, Colo. — A Colorado mother was charged with child abuse after she allegedly left her 2-year-old son in a freezing car overnight Friday.

At about 9 a.m. Saturday morning, a shopping center employee said she noticed the car sitting by itself, covered in snow, but she didn’t see the boy inside, KDVR reports. By 10:40 a.m., police began looking for the toddler after his mother, 26-year-old Nicole Carmon, told officers she had been involved in a car crash and left the toddler inside the vehicle.

According to the Denver Post, Carmon said she couldn’t remember the details of the wreck or how she got home. But when officers looked at her car, it showed no signs of being involved in a crash.

“We just saw a bunch of cop cars and a bunch of firemen and ambulance and stuff, and we didn’t quite know what was going on but … it’s very upsetting,” employee Breanna Sanchez said. “I feel terrible for the kid. I feel really bad that he sat there all night. Really, it’s terrible.”

After overnight temperatures dipped below zero, officers say the boy was “in a state of severe hypothermia.” His current condition is unknown.

The investigation is ongoing.