Lakewood mother charged in death of toddler left alone in hot vehicle

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LAKEWOOD -

An Ocean County mother has been charged in the death of her toddler she allegedly left alone in a hot car for more than two hours.

Prosecutors say 25-year-old Chaya Shurkin, of Lakewood, faces a child endangerment count.

Police went to the family's home on May 6 for reports of a child in distress. They found a neighbor attempting to perform CPR on the 21-month child, who was taken to a hospital but later died.

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Authorities say the child's death occurred from being left alone in Shurkin's vehicle for an extended period of time. The child's name and gender have not been disclosed.

It's not clear why the child was left unattended, but authorities have said that they believe there was a miscommunication between the parents about who was going to take the child out of the vehicle.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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