April 24, 2018 By Christian Murray
An East Elmhurst woman was charged yesterday for leaving her two-year-old daughter inside a locked car while she shopped at a College Point store, according to the Queens District Attorney.
Elvira Sadikaj, 46, of 80th Street, faces up to a year in jail if convicted for endangering the welfare of a child. She was released yesterday under the supervision of the Criminal Justice Agency and ordered to return back to court on May 4.
Sadikaj allegedly parked her car in front of 136-03 20th Ave. on April 20 and then left her two-year-old daughter inside her locked Honda between 3:20 pm and 3:40 pm. The windows were up and the child was seen inside the vehicle screaming and covered in sweat, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Meanwhile, Sadikaj was inside TJ Maxx.
The FDNY responded to calls and popped open the door and removed the girl. The incident was captured on Facebook. Approximately 5 minutes later Sadikaj returned to the vehicle and allegedly stated “I wasn’t gone for a long time.”
“The care and safety of one’s child should always be of the utmost importance, however, in this case the defendant’s desire to shop allegedly surpassed her instincts to keep her toddler out of harm’s way,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
“The mother’s “quick” trip into a store could have ended tragically, but thankfully firefighters were there in time to rescue the toddler from the hot vehicle,” Brown added.