An East Elmhurst mother was arrested on Monday after allegedly leaving her toddler inside her car while she was shopping in College Point, police said.
Elvira Sadikaj, 46, allegedly left her 2-year-old daughter in her locked car in a parking lot around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday while she shopped at a TJ Maxx in a College Point shopping center, police said.
Shoppers at the center saw the girl and called the police. Upon arrival, police said that the toddler was overheated and dehydrated due to the warm temperature inside the car.
The girl was rushed to Flushing Hospital and is expected to recover. According to police, she was allegedly left in the vehicle for 30 minutes.
Sadikaj has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and the Administration for Child Services (ACS) is conducting an investigation into the matter.