A Shelton mother was arrested in Orange on Thursday, after police said she left her 3-year-old son in a car while she went grocery shopping.
Police responded to the Trader Joe's parking lot at 550 Boston Post Rd., a little after 11 a.m. Thursday morning after receiving a call from someone who saw the mother walk away from the car, leaving her son behind.
Police said upon their arrival they saw the child in the car alone, and despite the high temperatures the child was unharmed.
The mother, Nathalie Stonier, 36, was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child under 12 unsupervised in a motor vehicle.
The child's father took custody of the child, and the Department of Children and Families was notified.
The father said the whole incident was a misunderstanding and that the mother left the child because he did not want to go inside.
"It was extremely hot today and I don't know why someone would do that," said Andy Hawkes.
Donna Reynolds, of Stratford, said even if a child doesn't want to go inside, "they have to just take the child with them or do without the shopping trip. I see it from the heat standpoint but also the safety."
Colby Mezerweski is Stonier's neighbor who said he always sees Stonier with her children.
"I think it was a bad judgement call, but still she's a good mom, always walking her kids, I hope everything works out for them," Mezerweski added.
This is the third incident of this kind in just under one week. The other incidents happened in New London and East Lyme.
Stonier is expected to appear in court on Monday.
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