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.