Child left in car on cold night in Upper Darby

Watch report from Action News
January 29, 2014 2:46:13 PM PST
A mother is facing charges after Upper Darby police officers found her 3-year-old daughter alone in a locked car on a frigid day earlier this week.

It was around 6:30 p.m. Monday when police were called to the Giant Supermarket located on the 300 block of East Baltimore Avenue for the report of a child inside an automobile.

When the officers arrived they noticed a small child in the back of the locked vehicle, which was not running.

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood tells Action News that the temperature outside was about 28 degrees, so officers didn't know if the child was asleep or unconscious.

Officers were preparing to break the window to retrieve the little girl when the child's mother, later identified as Tania Orellana, approached police and unlocked the vehicle. One of the officers was then able to get inside the car and retrieved the sleeping girl.

Officers called medical personnel and the child was transported to Delaware County Memorial Hospital for observation.

Orellana was subsequently arrested and charged with recklessly endangering the welfare of a child. She was released on $20,000 bail.

The child was turned over to family members the night of the incident but has since been reunited with her mother.