Mom Who Left Baby in Hot Car Will Face Trial

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    An Alexandria mother who left her baby in a hot car will not be going home to her family this week. On Wednesday, a judge refused to let Zoraida Hernandez out of jail until certain conditions could be met. Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver was in court and has reaction from family members on the judge's ruling. (Published Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013)

    An Alexandria mother whose 8-month-old son died after being left in a hot car will face trial in the baby's death.

     

    A judge found probable cause Monday to continue with a charge of felony neglect against Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, 32.

    Authories say Hernandez left her 8-month-old son, Nathan, in his car seat for six hours.

    Hernandez was charged with felony child neglect.

    She was previously released on bond following the completion of several court-ordered procedures. One of those orders included a visit to her home from Child Protective Services as Hernandez has four other children.

    Police said Hernandez drove to her workplace, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, around 9 a.m. on July 5 and forgot she had left her son in the car.

    She left work at around 3:30 p.m. and drove to pick up her 2-year-old daughter from daycare in Alexandria, according to charging documents. At that point, she found Nathan still in his car seat. The baby was not breathing.

    "[Hernandez] didn't give Nathan a second thought during the day," prosecutor Molly Newton said Wednesday. "[She left him] burning up to death."

    Hernandez immediately drove to INOVA Alexandria Hospital. The baby was pronounced dead a short time later.

    Nathan had a body temperature of 108 degrees, the charging documents state. Temperatures that day reached into the 90s.

    A trial date for Hernandez will be set in Alexandria Circuit Court Nov. 21.