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Mother charged with leaving one-year-old in hot car

A 32-year-old Town of Persia woman was charged with child endangerment and her one-year-old daughter was freed from the hot parked car where the woman left her outside the Springville Wal-Mart store on South Cascade Drive late Sunday afternoon.

Jessica Hojnacki was arrested on the misdemeanor charge by Erie County Sheriff Deputies Robert Ellis, David Barbaritz and Thomas Meredith. Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said a Wal-Mart worker noticed the infant in the locked car about 4:30 p.m. and a man broke a window on the car to open the door and get the child freed. A Rural-Metro ambulance crews checked the child in the store. Hojnacki claimed she forgot the infant was in the car as she want to do some errands. Sheriff Howard said medical officials believe that temperatures in the closed car may have reached about 109 degrees Fahrenheit for the 30 minutes or so the child was left in it.

Hojnacki faces proceedings in the Springville Village Justice Court in several weeks and both the State and Cattaraugus County child protective services were notified of the incident.