Mother charged after 21-month-old dies in hot car

4 month ago

Lakewood news, New Jersey news.

A New Jersey mother has been charged after the death of her daughter in a hot car, according to authorities.

Chaya Shurkin, 25-year-old, was charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

The 21-month-old was left unattended inside the hot car for two hours and a half on May 6. Temperatures reached the 70s that day. Neighbors tried to revive the toddler by performing CPR but she later died after being rushed to the hospital.

"The investigation determined that the act of leaving the child in the car unattended for such a long period of time was the cause and manner of the child's death," said prosecutor Bradley Billhimer.