A woman from West Newton, Pennsylvania, has been charged with leaving six children in a hot car in a Pittsburgh municipal court parking lot. The children, ages 4 months to 4 years old, were found inside a minivan with the windows up and the vehicle not running. The temperature outside was 77 degrees, and it was even hotter inside the van. The woman, Shinazja Cherrell Martinez-Hyde, admitted to being the driver and was arrested on multiple counts of endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment. She is scheduled to appear in court on August 21. WPXI.com News Staff reported
A photograph depicting a woman leaving six children unattended in a hot car in a Pittsburgh municipal court parking lot has led to charges against her. The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Municipal Court Building in Pittsburgh, where an officer noticed a minivan parked in a section designated for court staff. Inside the vehicle were six children, ranging in age from 4 months to 4 years old. The minivan was not running, and its windows were closed, despite the outside temperature being 77 degrees. The Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputy who responded to the scene discovered that the interior of the van was even hotter. Shinazja Cherrell Martinez-Hyde, a 30-year-old woman who does not possess a valid driver’s license, later returned to the vehicle and admitted to being the driver. Medical assistance was requested to evaluate the children, who were subsequently released to family members. Surveillance footage revealed that the children had been left alone in the car for approximately 15 minutes before being discovered by an officer. Martinez-Hyde was subsequently arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of children and reckless endangerment. She is scheduled to appear in court on August 21..