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Arley Aide Amaya: Teen mom charged with leaving two children in hot car

LOS ANGELES – An 18-year-old mother who allegedly left her two-week-old infant daughter and her 1-year-old son in a locked car to go shopping Saturday was charged on Tuesday with misdemeanor child abuse, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Arely Aide Amaya, of Los Angeles, was scheduled to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. at the East Los Angeles Superior Court and prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $50,000.

Amaya was arrested Saturday after they responded to calls that the baby girl and boy were in a locked car with the windows partially rolled down and sweltering heat. Sheriff’s deputies who responded were able to unlock the car and place rescue the children.

Amaya, who had been shopping for a dress at a nearby store, was arrested when she returned to her car. The children were taken into protective custody by the Department of Children and Family Services.

If convicted on two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, she faces up to two years in county jail.