A Queens toddler survived four days in a parked sport utility vehicle with the decaying body of her mother after the woman was killed and left there by her boyfriend, police said.
Rosie Batista, 2, was in stable condition after being hospitalized for severe dehydration.
The boyfriend, Leonardo Almonte, 32, was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree murder, kidnapping and reckless endangerment.
Investigators believe that Almonte killed Cesarina Colon, 32, by choking her during an argument last weekend at their home. He allegedly dumped her body in the passenger seat of the vehicle and, with the toddler in the back seat, drove it to a spot about a mile away.
At about noon Wednesday, a passer-by called 911 after spotting the toddler in the vehicle. But officers received only a report of a "suspicious vehicle" and didn't notice any trouble, police said.
A second 911 call from a friend who was looking for Colon came in at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. This time, firefighters responded and broke a window to rescue the child.