Evanston Mom Left Toddler In Hot Car, Police Say

Nancy Harty
July 03, 2019 - 4:42 pm

Asel Ukbayeva /Niles Police

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – An Evanston woman faces child endangerment charges after allegedly leaving her toddler in a hot car earlier this week. 

Niles police say an employee of the Fresh Farms grocery store near Touhy and Lehigh on Tuesday saw the 2-year-old in a car in the parking lot with most of the windows rolled up.

Cmdr. Robert Tornabene says it was around 3:30 p.m. and the car was not running. He estimates the temperature inside the car was about 110 degrees and said the employee saw the child sweating.

Police say the employee waited about 10 minutes before calling police and reached through a window to open a door and get the baby out.

Paramedics evaluated the child and said he was fine after having some water and sitting inside the air-conditioned store.

Police say 24-year-old Asel Ukbayeva came to the car 20 minutes after the employee removed the child.

She didn't really offer an explanation, Tornabene said, other than she wanted to get her shopping done quickly.

Ukbayeva faces up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine for misdemeanor child endangerment. 

Police notified the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and released the baby to his father.