A Connecticut mom is facing criminal charges after she allegedly left her newborn baby in a car in freezing temperatures, wearing only a onesie.
Lindsay Hoffman, 26, and her friend, Marquette Riggsbee, 54, were on their way to Very Intimate Pleasures, an adult sex store, in Southington on Feb. 4, according to police.
When they reached the door, they were stopped and told the baby was not allowed to enter the sex store. Hoffman then apparently decided to put her 2-week-old baby boy in the car while she and Riggsbee shopped.
An employee at the store reportedly noticed the boy in the 1997 Nissan Sentra and called the police.
The boy — who was wearing only a onesie — was left unattended in the car for more than 20 minutes, according to police. Officers also noted the “vehicle was not running and temperatures were below freezing.”
The Smoking Gun quoted a police report that said the child’s core temperature was “found to be adequate but it did have cold extremities.”
An evaluation was conducted at a nearby hospital and doctors determined that the baby would be fine. The Department of Children and Families have taken custody of the boy.
Hoffman and Riggsbee have been charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child unsupervised. They are currently in jail and are being held on $25,000 bail.
Hoffman, who has 2013 convictions for prostitution and failure to appear in court, was scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 5. She was also found guilty of driving with a suspended driver’s license in December, according to online court records.
Riggsbee has charges pending for trafficking in persons, promoting prostitution, coercion and unlawful restraint — he was convicted of resisting arrest in 2013.
VIP District Manager Tina Marchese expressed sympathy for the child. “He was not dressed for winter,” Marchese told WFSB. “He was just in a normal onesie — no hat, hands exposed.
“It really affected us because we are all mothers so it was a really sad thing for the baby.”