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Willow Grove Mother Left Child in Hot Car in Montgomery Township: Police

Tony Di Domizio

Friday, August 8, 2014 • 5:23pm

A Willow Grove mother faces misdemeanor child endangerment charges in Montgomery Township after she allegedly left her 23-month-old daughter inside a hot car at Assi Plaza on Welsh Road last Saturday while she went to sign up another child for karate lessons, police said.

Jeesun Kim 38, of an apartment on the 3000 block of Welsh Road, Willow Grove, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child by a parent and leaving a child in an unattended vehicle, according to court records. Kim was issued a summons to appear at a preliminary hearing Sept. 3 before District Judge Andrea Duffy.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2:44 p.m., officers responded to Assi Plaza on the 1200 block of Welsh Road for a report of a child left unattended in a vehicle, police said. At the time of day, the temperature was 75 degrees with 75 percent humidity.

County dispatch reported the child was crying and sweating profusely and had been in the car for about 15 minutes, police said.

Police located a blue Toyota that had the front and rear passenger side windows opened about three inches. A crying child was allegedly found inside the car, buckled in a car seat in the rear seat, police said.

The child was visibly red and was sweating profusely, as her clothes were wet with sweat, police said.

The Montgomery Township Police officer was able to open the door by putting his hand through the open window and unlocking the front door.

The child was tended to by Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale personnel.

The owner of the car was paged by the nearby shopping center, and about 10 minutes later, Kim arrived on scene.

Kim’s demeanor, police said, was “very calm for the situation.”

Kim told police her daughter’s name and age, and that she left her in the car while she went to U.S. Yonggkumkwan Karate Center to sign her other accompanying child up for lessons, police said.

Kim believed she was in the center for 10 minutes and did not have a reason as to why she left the other daughter behind, police said.

The owner of the karate center told police Kim was inside the center for about a half hour, according to an affidavit.

VMSC transported the girl to Lansdale Hospital for a checkup. An EMT and paramedic told police that the child was “in clear distress, very warm and had clothing wet with sweat,” according to the affidavit. The child was still crying when she left the scene.

A woman shopping at Assi had called police about the girl. She was walking by the vehicle, when she heard a child crying. She looked inside and saw the girl in distress, police said.

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