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Las Colinas Files: Woman Leaves Baby in Car

Geart was booked on suspicion of felony child endangerment at the Las Colinas women's detention center in Santee.

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A San Diego woman who allegedly put her infant daughter's life at risk by leaving her in a car at a South Bay strip mall amid triple-digit afternoon heat was released from custody Wednesday after posting bail.

A maintenance worker at the shopping center in the 2400 block of East Plaza Boulevard in National City reported seeing the 4-month-old strapped in a child seat in the back of a parked sedan with its windows rolled up shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. Julian Villagomez.

Officers found the baby unresponsive and "sweating profusely" inside the vehicle and forced entry to get her out, the sergeant said.

The mother, 25-year-old Starley Cristal Geart, then emerged from a nearby clothing store, telling police she had intended to leave her daughter alone in the car briefly, he said.

Medics were able to revive the infant, who apparently had been locked in the vehicle for about 10 minutes, according to Villagomez. She was then taken to Children's Hospital in San Diego, where she was treated, evaluated and released into protective custody.

Geart was booked on suspicion of felony child endangerment at the women's detention center in Santee. She made bail late this morning and was released on her own recognizance, a jail clerk said.

After the baby was rescued, police and firefighters closed up the suspect's car again to test how hot the interior might have gotten while she was alone inside. They concluded that the temperature had reached a life-threatening level, possibly as high as 140 degrees, Villagomez said.

"She probably would have died in a few more minutes," he said.

-City News Service

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Joe Spencer July 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM
But she "only intended to leave her daughter alone in the sealed car briefly"....hopefully that child is placed with responsible family members instead of this nutjob.
Jamisha July 26, 2012 at 01:20 PM
She's not that type of person, she loves her baby and is a great parent... I admit she made a stupid decision at the moment...which i dont know why...but over all she truly is a good person as well as mom...She really regrets the fact that she jeopordized her babys life.....I will continue to pray for her and her baby....
James Jones July 26, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Apparently she IS that type of person or too stupid to be a parent.
Marquis mode August 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
She needs to be arrested without bail and put into correction center . I hope the govt puts a patenting test the way they have driving test before giving license . This woman does not deserve to keep the baby ! She should be put in a locked car and made to suffer like the baby did to make her understand the tremendous pain she caused an innocent infant !
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jeneaz September 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM
WOW some people dont deserve to be parents and for the girl defending her shame on you jamisha i sure hope your not a parent if so i feel for your child. people that make excuses for parents that due stuff to infants are just as guilty. Let me guess shes gunna claim insanity. This is so ridiculous this lady is a horrible excuse for a mother
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