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Clarence woman charged with leaving baby boy in hot car

A 24-year-old Clarence woman was charged with a misdemeanor after Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Wood, responding to a call, about a child locked in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store on Main Road in Akron, smashed open a window on the car at 3:15 p.m. Monday and rescued what Sheriff Timothy B. Howard described as the “hot and sweating and distressed” 1-year-old son of Lindsey Wozniak.

Wood took the baby back to his patrol vehicle and put the vehicle’s air condition on high to cool the child until emergency medical technicians arrived.

The baby was treated and evaluated at the scene and was later turned over to relatives. Wozniak was charged with the misdemeanor offense of acting in a manner to injure a child younger than 17 and was ordered to appear for proceedings in Newstead Town Court in a week. The sheriff said the Erie County Child Protective Service unit was alerted to the situation and will contact Wozniak.