Thomaston mother charged after allegedly leaving baby in car

Posted May 20, 2013, at 9:13 a.m.
Last modified May 20, 2013, at 11:40 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 32-year-old Thomaston woman left her child in a locked car while shopping on Saturday, police said.

Around 6 p.m., police received a call from a passer-by at the Harbor Plaza shopping center that a baby was inside a parked car with the windows rolled up, Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower confirmed. Sgt. Tony Camporiale and officer Andrew Redden went to the shopping center and found an infant inside the locked car.

Katherine Barthelett was issued a summons for endangering the welfare of a child, according to Tower.

The person who called police said that Barthelett had been inside T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods for approximately 20 minutes, Tower said.

The temperature reached a high of 54 degrees on Saturday, and it was cloudy when the incident occurred. The child was unharmed.