Day Care Worker Charged With Leaving Five Kids In Hot Car

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Philadelphia day care worker was charged with child endangerment after she left five children, including a 6-month-old baby, in a hot SUV while she went into a grocery store Tuesday.

Karin Thompson, 39, is facing five count of endangering the welfare of a child and five counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Police responded to a call at Shop Rite just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. A woman reported that she had parked next to an SUV and saw crying, unattended children inside.

Authorities said the children had overheated although the air conditioner was on inside the vehicle. They had access to a gallon jug of water and snacks, WPVI-TV reports.

It was 86 degrees outside when the children were found.

The kids inside included a 6-month-old boy, 1-year-old girl, 6-year-old boy, 8-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl. They were taken to St. Christopher’s hospital in stable condition and were released to their parents.

Shoppers were dismayed to learn another child was left in a car after the high-profile case in Georgia where a toddler died.

"There's no reason,” Elizabeth Warren of Frankford told WPVI-TV. “Anything can happen in an instant and people know that. We see enough of it on the news.”

Thompson is licensed to run an at-home day care from her Oxford Circle residence, according to state Department of Public Welfare Records. Her day care has been cited for 22 violations since 2006, mostly for missing fire extinguishers or smoke detectors, according to WPVI-TV.

Sources:, WPVI-TV