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2-year-old girl survives 9 hours alone in car

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It was a call from the hospital an Iowa sheriff couldn't believe.

"It just kind of breaks your heart after you hear a child being left alone there for that many of hours in the weather that it is," Sheriff Dan Limoges said.

Tuesday around 8 a.m., Anna Salas of South Sioux City went to work in Dakota Dunes with her
2- year-old child in the back seat of her car.

Around 5 p.m. the child's father went to pick the toddler up at daycare and found the child had never been dropped off.

That's when it was discovered the child had been left in Salas' car the entire nine hours.  

The child was treated and released from Mercy.  

When Limoges spoke with Salas, he said she was distraught, shaken which lead him to believe the move to be un-intentional.

"In this day and age it seems that everyone is burning the candle at both ends it seems like. There must be a lot of things going on in her life I think and she's just busy," Limoges said.

Mercy Medical Center's SAFE Kids Coordinator, Amy Scarmon said the incident could have been much worse.

With Tuesday's low of two and high of nineteen during the 9 hour stretch, the cold temperatures could have led to hypothermia or even death.

With busy lifestyles today, Scarmon said these kinds of incidents unfortunately do happen.

To help, she said to set something by you child in the car to remind you they're there.

"Maybe putting something that you have to remember in the backseat with the child. So maybe your cell phone or a purse or something that you have to take into work with you," Scarmon said.

The case has been sent to the South Dakota States Attorney for review.

Possible charges could be child abuse or neglect.

Story from:  KCAU-TV, Sioux City

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