New Hartford woman charged after officer comes across unattended infant in car while writing parking tickets

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A New Hartford woman has been charged after police say she left a seven month old child unattended in a car.

On January 26, Utica Police officer Starr Wooden was issuing parking tickets to cars illegally parked in a fire lane, when she came across a running vehicle. Upon closer inspection, she found an unattended infant in the back seat.

Officer Wooden was able to locate the mother, Ashleigh M. Tedesco, 22, of New Hartford, who police say was inside the Price Chopper shopping for more than 30 minutes while the child was left in the car.

The infant is seven months old but appears to be in good health, police said.

The child was turned over to family and Child Protective Services who will investigate the matter.

Tedesco has now been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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