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Parents face child abuse charges after leaving daughter, 5, in hot truck

Updated: 07/09/2014 11:58 AM | Created: 07/09/2014 10:47 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed & Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The 5-year-old girl who was left inside of a truck parked in 90-degree heat for more than an hour on Tuesday told police she was being punished.

Albuquerque officers arrested her parents, Angelica Lerma Montoya and Dulces Monge Perez, after witnesses reported a child locked inside a truck at the Home Depot near Eubank and Central.

Good Samaritans rescued the girl when they spotted her trying to crawl out of the truck's back sliding window. They told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that the girl was screaming, sweating and pleading for help.

She was then taken to the hospital for heat exposure. According to APD, the child was released from the hospital Tuesday night and is currently in custody of the state's Children, Youth and Families Department.

According to the criminal complaint, the parents claimed they didn't know their daughter was on the shopping trip.

However, the child told police that she was told to stay in the car as punishment for not eating earlier that day.

Both parents face the charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

In court Wednesday, a judge set bond for both at $40,000 each. They’re also on an immigration hold tonight.

Angelica Lerma Montoya and Dulces Monge Perez each face a charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

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