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Woman arrested for leaving child inside car at Whole Foods

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ORLAND PARK, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Chicago woman is facing a charge of endangering her child's life after leaving him inside a car while she shopped at a southwest suburban Whole Foods, the SouthtownStar is reporting.

Police say witnesses saw 35-year-old Ilona Lukaszczyk leave her young son in his car seat while she went inside the store at 15260 S. LaGrange Rd. in Orland Park on Aug. 20.

The temperature was 75 degrees and sunny, and the windows of the car were rolled up, except the driver's-side window, which was down about 3 inches, according to Orland Park police.

The witnesses stayed with the car until police arrived in time to greet Lukaszczyk when she emerged from the store less than 5 minutes after going inside.

The mother said her son was sick and they were running late for his doctor's appointment, so she decided not to bring him inside as she was only buying one item.

The child was cleared by paramedics and released to his father.

Lukaszczyk was charged with one count of endangering the life of a child. Police also notified DCFS.

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