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Child left in car at FLX Gaming & Racetrack
Ontario County, N.Y. – A Honeoye woman was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child Tuesday night after leaving her grandson alone in the car at the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack.
Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said Alice Duvall, 66, left the ignition in the car with her 10-year-old grandson inside.
Povero said with no adults around, the boy could have been abducted.
A family member told 13WHAM Duvall only needed to use the restroom. Investigators are reviewing security footage to see if that was the case.
This is one of many incidents of children being left alone in cars this summer.
Lawyer Stephen Sercu has dealt with a number of these cases. He said the Endangering the Welfare of a Child charge applies when somebody knowingly acts in a way that is likely harmful to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child under 17.
“The statute is written very generally to allow the government and the police department wide latitude of discretion to determine out of all these factors, what factors could be considered likely to cause harm to a child,” said Sercu.
Parents had mixed thoughts about the issue.
“It’s just too big of a price to pay for the little inconvenience of taking them out of a car seat and bringing them in the store or whatever the case may be,” said Scott Campione.
“It depends on your area, where you’re at what, you’re doing,” said Elizabeth Cardinal of Fairport. “So it depends on the circumstances and how old they are.”
“Too many things can go wrong if you leave a child in the car, way too many things. The shifter can be moved, the car can start to roll,” said Cathy Seeger of Rochester. “Plus it’s dangerous. If the windows are rolled up, the kid could possibly die.”
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation into the grandson left in the car is ongoing.