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Child-care provider arrested for leaving kids in car

October 2, 2012 1:15:16 PM PDT
A Long Island child-care provider is under arrest, accused of leaving two young girls that were not hers locked in a parked car.

Police say 49-year-old Bridget Erwat was taken into custody after a passerby noticed a 4-year-old and an 8-month-old in her car in a Costco parking lot in Melville just after 2 p.m.

The Good Samaritan unlocked a door through an open window and took the children into the store for safety.

It appears that the girls were in the unattended vehicle a minimum of 10 minutes before they were found.

Erwat runs the child-care center Bridget's Children's Place out of her Amityville home.

She is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Neither girl was hurt.

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