Toddler found with hypothermia, frostbite after mother leaves him alone in parked car

Nicole Carmon (Photo courtesy Thornton Police Department)

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine why a 2-year-old boy was left in a car in subfreezing temperatures in a Colorado suburb that left the child with serious injuries.

Thornton police say the boy was hospitalized with hypothermia and frostbite. The mother, identified as 27-year-old Nicole Carmon, was arrested for investigation of felony child abuse. There were no details in court records about the arrest.

Carmon called police Saturday when she realized her son wasn't home, according to KMGH-TV. She told authorities she became disoriented after an accident the night before and got a ride home, KMGH-TV reports.

Police say they were looking for a car involved in a possible accident early Saturday. They found the car covered with snow, and the boy was inside. A witness told KMGH-TV that the toddler wasn't moving when police rescued him from the car.

Investigators say the toddler spent at least seven hours alone and they say they don't know why the mother was not with her child.

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