Melvin Marroquin, of Maryland, arrested for allegedly leaving 2-year-old daughter in hot car in Huntington

Melvin Marroquin will be arraigned on charges of

Melvin Marroquin will be arraigned on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

HUNTINGTON - A father has been arrested after he allegedly left his daughter in a hot car while he went shopping in Huntington.

Police responded to a 911 call from a shopper reporting a child left alone inside a pickup truck in the parking lot at a shopping complex in Huntington. When they arrived on the scene, police say the 2-year-old girl was strapped into a carseat and they had to break the windows of the truck to get her out. The temperature inside the pickup truck was estimated to be 120 degrees.

The girl's father Melvin Marroquin, 30, had been shopping with his parents in Marshall's, according to police. Suffolk County Officer Derek Mangi says Marroquin initially told him he forgot his daughter was still in the truck. Police say Marroquin eventually admitted he left his daughter in the truck for about 25 minutes.

Witnesses say after the two police officers got the child out of the car, she was rushed into the air conditioning inside Payless. One woman describes the child as being red and drenched with sweat. The child was then given water and brought to the hospital to be evaluated. She will be released from the hospital to her mother.

Marroquin, of Maryland, was arraigned Friday on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.

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