A woman from Chicago has been ordered to perform community service work and spend a year on court supervision, after being convicted of leaving her 18-month-old child alone in a hot, unlocked car while she went shopping in Naperville.
Sandra Cuazitl, 28, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the health or life of a child in connection with the incident from late last spring.
Judge Jane H. Mitton accepted Cuazitl’s plea and on Aug. 22 ordered her to perform 40 hours of public service work as her penalty, according to court records. Mitton also placed Cuazitl on a year of court supervision and ordered her to pay unspecified fines and court fees, records showed.
Cuazitl was one of three women charged with child neglect over a five-day period in Naperville. The second woman is accused of having marijuana and drug paraphernalia while she was with an 8-year-old girl, and the third of being involved in a traffic crash while driving drunk with her year-old daughter in tow.
Naperville police were called June 17 to a parking lot on the 2500 block of West 75th Street, in the far west-central part of town. A strip mall there features a Nordstrom Rack clothing store, a Whole Foods Market and other shops and businesses.
Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said “Cuazitl decided to go shopping” at one of the stores “and leave her 1 1/2-year-old child in the car for 30 minutes, (while) the temperature was 84 degrees. The two front windows were opened, and the car was unlocked,” Cammiso said in June.
The child was found physically unharmed. Cammiso said police reports did not indicate whether the toddler was a boy or a girl.
Court documents indicated Cuazitl had no prior criminal record in DuPage County.
The neglect cases involving the other two women are pending. Both are free on bond.