Authorities have charged an Afghan immigrant with neglect for leaving his 7-year-old son inside a car while he cleaned a furniture store in Jacksonville, Fla., according to local reports.
The Florida Times-Union reported that Hamid Ahmad Nike Mohammad Ahmadzada, 49, was arrested at noon Sunday and accused of a type of neglect that does not cause great bodily harm.
A women saw the boy before and after she made a 20-minute stop at the American Signature Furniture store.
It was 88 degrees out, however, the vehicle was parked under a tree and all four windows were at least a third of the way down, the newspaper reported. The boy, who spoke limited English, was not harmed or in distress.
A store manager said the company has an air-conditioned break room where the child could have waited, the Times-Union reported.
The act of leaving children in cars has grabbed headlines of late as a Georgia man faces felony murder charges for leaving his 22-month-old boy in a hot sport-utility vehicle for several hours.
The man says he forgot to drop off his child at day care, but prosecutors accuse him of leaving the boy intentionally.
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