The mother who left her baby in a hot car for much of the day on Friday has now been arrested and charged with felony child endangerment. The baby did not survive.
Police were called to Inova Alexandria Hospital Friday afternoon, when a mother showed up at the emergency room with a baby that was soon declared dead. Arlington police were then called into the case because of the mother's story.
Zoraida Conde Hernandez works in Arlington. Investigators there believe the woman parked her car at an outdoor parking lot on the 200 block of North Glebe Road, and left an eight-month-old boy in the vehicle for about six hours while she went to work nearby.
According to police, after work the mother did not notice her infant boy was still in the car until she had driven away from the parking lot to a daycare center to pick up one of her other children. It was then that the mother rushed the eight-month-old infant to Inova Alexandria Hospital.
By Friday night, detectives in Arlington felt they had enough evidence in the case, and they arrested the 32 year old woman on charge of felony child neglect. Zoraida Conde Hernandez lives in a house on Taney Avenue in an Alexandria neighborhood called Strawberry Hill, just off Duke Street.
A man at the house, who identified himself as the father of the deceased infant, confirmed the mother has other children, and said are currently being cared for by a grandparent. He declined to comment on the death of his son.
Conde Hernandez was brought before a magistrate, Friday evening, according to police. The magistrate denied bond in the case, and the mother remains incarcerated at the Arlington County jail.
She will likely get another chance for bond before a judge in Arlington on Monday.