Child endangerment charges have been filed against a woman who left her two grandchildren, 4 and 5, inside a car with its windows rolled up for nearly an hour in 86-degree heat while returning face cream at Macy’s Water Tower
Shirley Sims, 53, of the 1500 block of South Karlov Avenue, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child.
A Water Tower security officer noticed the car parked illegally in a tow zone in the 100 block of East Pearson Street, its horn beeping, and flagged down police around 5:50 p.m. Sunday.
Patrol officers spotted a 5-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother unattended inside a gray 2001 Ford Taurus, its engine off and the windows rolled up.
When officers asked the little girl to unlock the door, she told police she had “been waiting for grandma for an hour,’’ Shirley Sims, 53, of the 1500 block of South Karlov Avenue, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child.
A sergeant helped the children out, gave them water and took them to the Near North District police station, the report said. Police said the children were not injured.
Sims was arreted when she showed up where the car was parked around 6:30 p.m. Authorities later learned they’d been left for more like 50 minutes.