Iowa 2-year-old left in freezing car, police say

Police say a 25-year-old mother was arrested after she left her 2-year-old son in an unlocked van in a Des Moines parking lot for more than an hour in freezing weather.

The woman, Desiree Perry-Temple, is charged with child endangerment. Polk County Jail records say she was arrested Saturday and released on Sunday. A public phone listing for her couldn’t be found. Online court records don’t yet list the case.

Police say Perry-Temple told officers that she and her mother had gone into a store but checked on the boy periodically. The temperature outside was 22 degrees.

Perry-Temple’s mother drove the boy home when his mother was arrested. The Iowa Department of Human Services is investigating the case.

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