Arlinda Wiebe: Mother arrested after baby rescued from hot SUV in Jupiter parking lot

JUPITER, Fla. - UPDATE: Arlinda Wiebe was arrested and charged with "Neglect child without great bodily harm" after her baby was found locked in an SUV in Jupiter, according to Officer Adam Brown of the Jupiter Police Department.

Brown said the baby was in good condition.

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A toddler was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center Friday afternoon after being found unattended in a hot SUV.

The baby was found in front of the TJ Maxx at 75 East Indiantown Road in Jupiter, said officer Adam Brown, spokesman for city police.

A passerby saw the child and called 911.

The child is believed to be about one, Brown said.

The youngster is currently at St. Mary's Medical Center.   

Shards of glass mark the spot in the Jupiter shopping center parking lot where a child was in major trouble Friday.

Police say the one year old was locked inside an SUV. The engine was not running and no adult to be found, according to authorities.

Someone noticed the baby inside overheating and called for help.

"Every second counts and that's why it was important for these guys to call 911 when they did," said Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow, who was one of the first law enforcement officer on the scene. With help from one of his officers, they smashed through the window of the vehicle to get the baby out.

"The baby looked very red, stressed, he was sweaty," said Marietta Lorenzo, who was shopping at the plaza and witnessed the incident ."He was only wearing a diaper and they were putting oxygen on the baby."

The baby was rushed to the hospital and the search was on for who was responsible. Police eventually found a woman - believed to be the baby's mother - shopping at TJ Maxx.

"The mom looked very calm and relaxed," said Lorenzo. "It was very upsetting to see that. She looked like she didn't care."

An investigation is by the Jupiter Police Department and the Florida Department of Children & Families is under way.

"The actions that these people took today by calling 911 may have saved that baby's life," said Chief Kitzerow. At this point, no names have been released and no one is facing charges.

The incident comes as the Jupiter Police Department launches the 'Bother Us' campaign, encouraging citizens to report anything out of the ordinary or suspicious to police immediately.

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