January 25, 2021


A woman was arrested after her two children were allegedly found unconscious inside a running car in a Walmart parking lot in San Jacinto, California.

Deputies arrived at the parking lot Monday evening after receiving reports that two children were alone in a black Toyota Solara. The officers found a 1-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy unconscious in the vehicle.

“Deputies removed the children from the car, and fire personnel began performing life-saving measures. The children were taken to Hemet Valley Hospital via American Medical Response for advanced care,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said, Patch reported.

Preliminary investigation revealed the children were left unattended in the car for over two hours.

Investigators searched the car and found methamphetamine and heroin “within arm’s reach of both children,” the Sheriff’s Department added.

Following a search, the mother of the two children, identified as 29-year-old Sarah Casciato, was taken into custody and charged with child endangerment. She was being held at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility as of Wednesday in lieu of a $500,000 bond.

Reports stated the accused was homeless, but it remained unclear where the woman was when she was taken into custody.

Child Protective Services took custody of the children after they were discharged from the hospital.

The incident comes weeks after a woman in New York was arrested after she left her children unattended in a car for over 30 minutes. Officers arrived at the scene after receiving information that two children were found alone in a car parked near a mall. Investigation revealed the mother, 27-year-old Guadalupe Guevara-Diaz, had left the children, a 9-year-old girl, and 3-year old boy, in the vehicle and gone shopping in the mall. The mother was arrested and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

In another incident, last month, a woman in Virginia was arrested and charged with child neglect after she left her toddler alone in a car for approximately 30 minutes. The vehicle was parked at a Walmart while she shopped in the store.

Handcuffs In this photo, a woman is handcuffed at the Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico, on Aug. 2, 2017. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images


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KALAMAZOO, MI — A two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Kalamazoo resulted in a man being extricated from his vehicle and taken to the hospital where he is in serious condition.

The crash occurred at 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 at the intersection of South Westnedge Avenue and West Lovell Street, prompting a shutdown of South Westnedge between West Lovell and South streets.

Arriving officers located an unconscious male entrapped in one vehicle, a news release from Kalamazoo Public Safety states. After being extricated from the vehicle, the man was transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital by Life EMS for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured, officers said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269-337-8140, Silent Observer at 269-343-2100 or report online at www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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NAUGATUCK — A Prospect firefighter sprang into action to rescue an unconscious person from inside a burning car at a local cemetery over the weekend, according to fire officials.

Fire units responded to a reported car fire at Grove Cemetery on Sunday, with first-arriving units confirmed a vehicle fully involved in flames and a small brush fire nearby.

When the fire broke out, officials said, Prospect Fire Department Safety Officer Jay Kolodziej was at the cemetery.

“Jay noticed smoke and went to the area to investigate, where he found the vehicle on fire,” officials said.

Having his fire department radio handy, Kolodziej called the Naugatuck dispatch number to get fire crews to the scene.

“Getting closer to the vehicle, Jay noticed an unconscious person in the car,” officials said. “Jay opened the door and pulled the person from the vehicle as flames encroached into the passenger compartment.”

Kolodiej remained at the scene with the individual until fire personnel and medics arrived. The person was taken by medics to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

“The Naugatuck Fire Department recognizes Prospect Fire Department Safety Officer Jay Kolodziej for his actions that certainly saved a life,” officials said.

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