Police: Woman arrested for leaving child inside car at Whole Foods
By Kate McCann Correspondent September 3, 2014 11:02AM
A woman has been charged with leaving her son in her car at Whole Foods in Orland Park. | File photo
Updated: September 4, 2014 2:12AM
A Chicago woman is facing a charge of endangering her child’s life after leaving him inside her car while she shopped at Whole Foods.
Police said witnesses saw 35-year-old Ilona Lukaszczyk leave her young son in his car seat while she went inside the store at 15260 S. LaGrange Road, in Orland Park, on Aug. 20.
The temperature was 75 degrees and sunny and the windows of the car were rolled up, save the driver’s side window which was down about 3 inches, according to police.
The witnesses stayed with the car until police arrived in time to greet Lukaszczyk when she emerged from the store less than five minutes after going inside.
The mother said her son was sick and they were running late for his doctor’s appointment, so she decided not to bring him inside as she was only buying one item.
The child was cleared by paramedics and released to his father.
Lukaszczyk was charged with one count of endangering the life of a child. Police also notified the Department of Children and Family Services.