Police: Another Kid Left in a Parked Car

Joliet police say the girl was left in the vehicle while her mother shopped at Jewel; it's the sixth time this week someone has been ticketed for leaving a child or animal in a car.

Yet another child was left unattended in a parked car, said, as the spate of animals and kids left to fend for themselves during this broiling summer continued.

This most young girl to be found alone was left in a car parked outside the on North Larkin Avenue about 7 p.m. Monday, police said.

An officer checking to make sure fire lanes fronting the store were clear spotted a car parked illegally in the fire lane, police said. When he looked closer, he saw the car was running and that there was a 10-year-old girl inside.

The officer spoke with the girl, police said, and she told him she had been waiting there awhile.

The driver of the car, 23-year-old Capri Shoemaker of 967 Campbell St., emerged from the store and was ticketed for leaving the girl behind in the vehicle while she went shopping.

Shoemaker was the sixth person in less than a week to be charged with leaving either a child, a dog, or some combination of children and dogs alone in a car. In some instances temperatures were well in excess if 90 degrees and the windows of the vehicles were closed.

Cindy B July 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Tom- I'm saying that according to Illinois law it is not illegal. There are many laws I may not agree with, but it's not illegal. I wholeheartedly am against the people who are leaving babies & pets in hot cars. They are not only breaking the law, they are idiots.
Flora Dora July 14, 2012 at 01:20 AM
What about leaving an elderly person who may be confused? No person should be left in a car in extreme weather and the law should have little or nothing to do with it. Simple common sense should prevail.
lala July 14, 2012 at 01:40 AM
What if the kid decided to drive the car? Some people are idiots.
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