ROXBURY, Mass. -- A woman in Roxbury is accused of locking three young children in a car.
Boston police say they found witnesses crying out of helplessness when they arrived at a blue minivan in a Roxbury shopping center parking lot.
Inside the vehicle were two 1-year-old girls and a 3-year-old boy. They were sweating profusely, their faces were red and they were hot to the touch. Police say they had been locked up in the car for at least 35 minutes.
“We look in the car and there was three infants in the car, so we said, ‘Where’s the mom?’ Nobody knew,” said Maria Gonzales, witness.
Witnesses called Boston police while an announcement echoed inside some of the stores.
“Asking who was the owner of the blue van - but they didn’t explain anything, they just left,” said Nilo Gomez, witness.
“And the next thing you know she came out,” said Gonzales. “I asked her myself, I said, ‘Can you open your door so the kids can breathe?’ So she opened the door.”
Police removed the children to a Boston EMS ambulance while they questioned 35-year-old Nicole Burton, who they identified as the nanny of the children.
Witnesses say she had been shopping inside the Hair & Gold store.
“I said to myself, ‘That must not be their mom.’ Because moms wouldn’t do that to their babies,” said Gonzales.
Burton talked on her cell phone as two Boston police officers placed her under arrest.
She has been charged with abuse, neglect of a child risking bodily injury.
“It’s sad. You go to work thinking your kids are okay but then you don’t know what’s happening with these people watching your kids these days,” said Gonzales. “That’s very, very sad.”
Police say the children were released to their father and the case has been referred to the Department of Children and Families.
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