Cops: Couple Left Newborn Baby Alone In Car While They Shopped At Adult Novelty Store
A Connecticut woman left her two-week-old baby unattended in a car yesterday as she shopped with a male acquaintance at an adult novelty store, according to cops who arrested the duo on felony charges.
According to police, Lindsay Hoffmann, 26, and Marquette Riggsbee, 54, sought to enter the VIP shop with the newborn Wednesday morning. But when employees told the pair that children were not allowed in the store, Hoffmann and Riggsbee departed.
However, they soon returned without the baby. “Employees became concerned and went out to check on the infant,” according to a Southington Department of Police statement. After a worker found the child alone inside a 1997 Nissan Sentra, police were called.
Responding officers noted that the “vehicle was not running and temperatures were below freezing” outside. Cops determined that Hoffmann and Riggsbee had been inside the store for more than 20 minutes.
The baby’s core temperature was “found to be adequate but it did have cold extremities.” The child, who had been in a car seat, was transported to a hospital for evaluation. Cops noted that they contacted child welfare officials, who have launched their own investigation.
Pictured in the above mug shots, Hoffmann and Riggsbee were each charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child unsupervised. They are jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond.