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Mom Who Left Baby in Hot Car Will Face Trial



    (Published Wednesday, July 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.