Huntington - (WALK) The Maryland man accused of leaving his two-year-old daughter alone in a dangerously hot pickup truck Thursday is cooling off today in a Suffolk jail cell.
Melvin Marroquin, 30, is being held on cash bail of $10,000 or $50,000 bond after his arraignment Friday on charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police say Marroquin left his daughter fastenend into a car seat in his 2000 Nissan Frontier parked at the Big H Shopping Center on New York Avenue in Huntington. The child was rescued when someone saw her in danger and called 911 shortly after 12:30 p.m. Officers say the temperature inside the closed truck was at least 120 degrees.
Responding officers broke the front passenger window and rescued the child. She was carried into an air conditioned store, given water and then taken to Huntington Hospital for evaluation. Authorities notified Suffolk County Child Protective Services. The girl is reportedly OK and with her mom.
Marroquin (photo) returned to the truck ten minutes later and was arrested. He reportedly told police he was on Long Island visiting relatives and forgot about the girl. He estimated she was alone for about 25 minutes, said police. Marroquin's parents also returned to the vehicle but were not arrested.