by: Deanna Bettineschi Updated:
Police say 49-year-old Vivian Guo was taking a trip to the south side Costco Sunday afternoon, but left her 5-year-old daughter in the car.
“The suspect stated the victim didn’t want to go into the store and thought it was ok to leave her in the vehicle,” according to a police report.
The Department of Children and Families said that’s not ok. They were called in to investigate.
“This is inhumane, it can be deadly and it’s definitely putting children in danger,” said DCF Spokesman John Harrell.
Police said a passerby saw the girl inside the car with sweat running down her face, and took her out of the car.
They said the person then went to look for the girls mother.
Those who lived near Guo said they’re surprised at her behavior.
“It’s crazy, they were real quiet, certainly didn’t seem like people who would do such a thing,” said neighbor Paul Shad.
Police said Guo did eventually come out of the store, about 45 minutes after her daughter was taken out of the car.
She told police her watch wasn’t working and she didn’t realize how much time had passed.
DCF said that’s no excuse.
“Within about 10 minutes, temperatures can increase inside cars about 30 degrees,” said Harrell.
Shad said the mother should've known better.
“As hot as it is, we live in Florida. Pets, kids don't belong in cars,” said Shad.