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1-Year-Old Girl Left Unattended in Car; Mother Arrested

Old Brookville woman charged with child endangerment Friday after leaving infant in parked car.

A 26-year-old mother was arrested for leaving her 1-year-old child unattended in a car at a Huntington shopping center Friday.

Aimee Rachlin of Old Brookville was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child in the parking lot of the Big H Shopping Center, located at 839 New York Ave. 

Suffolk County police responded to a 911 call of a small child in a 2011 Mercedes Benz at 11:10 a.m. When officers arrived, they found the girl profusely sweating in the unlocked car, according to the report.

Police say the engine was off and the windows were slightly open. The vehicle was parked in direct sunlight and she was in the car for approximately 15 minutes. 

No injuries were reported. Rachlin was released on bail and her daughter was released to the mother's custody. Child protective services were notified and the investigation is continuing, according to police.

A heat advisory has been issued for Suffolk County Friday with the heat index in Huntington expected to rise well above 100 degrees. 

Cathy July 25, 2011 at 01:10 AM
You people are all so judgemental, you get to sit there and say someone should have done something, bla, bla, bla. Bottom line people, this child is hers and she alone would deal with the unimaginable pain and grief if something had happened to this child. The silly comments about her having money and a benz and nannies, etc..... are so class warfare. I for one would offer this young mom who made a mistake the wisdom of what could have happened and ask her if she needs help or a babysitter while running errands. She allready made the mistake, so lets not beat her up but ask how we can help that this does not happen again. Kindness and forgiveness all you Christian folk.
Cathy July 25, 2011 at 01:14 AM
dear N'ptr why do wee comment on how skinny someone looks? What would lyou do to help this young Mom become a better "mother". She made a mistake, hopefully she will learn from it and make no other mistakes with her precious childs life
Mamma July 25, 2011 at 01:17 AM
I was actually there and gave the child a bottle of water. The woman was not in any way a meth addict or any other form of addict. She was a well dressed and attractive young woman who for some stupid reason decided to leave her child in the car. The reason they released the child back to the mother was because the child wanted to be carried by her mother the entire time that she was being held by the police officer. I have two young children myself and would never for a second consider leaving my kids unattended. She was lucky that the gentleman who saw the baby was a good man and not a kidnapper. A very stupid mistake that I could see she regretted as soon as she heard an announcement in kmart for the owner of a black Mercedes who left their child in the car, and even more when she came out to find a group of women screaming at her and a policeman holding her baby. Big mistake. But she was not a crack head so let's stick to the facts and stop making up useless stories to this already sad situation.
Cathy July 25, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Dear Mamma, What a nice person you are, for shutting down all these people that love to beat up on others. I do not know why, when i hear a story like this, I automatically think " oh the poor Mom must have made a horrible mistake". i am sure she will never do anything like this again. I get so mad when i read these people making judgements about her based on how skinny she is, or what kind of car she drives or what her address is. Is that to say if she was fat from Wyndanch and of another ethnicity, then they would not be so outraged and it would be understandable? Very judgemental, some of the good folks in Northport.
Jodi Z. July 25, 2011 at 03:44 AM
I dont care what she looks like, what she drives, or where she lives but I do care about the fact that she has SOOOO much disregard for a baby and was extremely neglegent. Why because it was inconvienent to take the baby with her? If that makes me Judgemental then that is too bad! Children are a blessing and should be treated that way. It is heartbreaking to see someone treat their child this way when my daughter lives everyday now without her baby because someone else took her life. So am I Judgemental about stupid people who neglect and abuse children? D*** RIGHT I AM!!!!!
Jenn July 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM
This is pretty much exactly what I said earlier - I agree with you. It has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING but the fact that the baby was left to die in a car. The same people who call this an "accident" are the same people who call drunk driving an "accident", even when someone innocent dies because of it.
Cathy July 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM
All you good folks out there ready to condemn this young mom to a life without her child, what exactly have you done to help others this week? My lord people, people make mistakes and thankfully nothing happened to this child. Did you not read what Momma wrote? She was there. And Jenn, an accident as described in Webster dictionary is an "unintended external action which usually results in harm, injury, damage or loss". Really Jenn, you cannot think that this mom intentionally wanted her child to die in the car, thus "accident" fits the bill
Mamma July 25, 2011 at 01:30 PM
To the ladies who have lost loved ones, I too have lost a loved one. I had to go and identify my fiancée's body just a few months before getting married due to drunk driving. I still feel the pain of an innocent life lost every day that I breathe. But I saw this woman's face and I saw the pain that she felt from her stupid negligence, she realized her ridiculous mistake and her regret was due to the realization of what she had put her child through and what could have happened I.e death or kidnapping, both horrific things. But after we all finish writing our little blogs we carry on as normal, I guarantee her day did not start of as normal. I also believe that things happen for a reason, what, where, and why I don't know. Before we keep persecuting this woman maybe we should take a look at ourselves. I can comment on her stupidity but I will not judge her, her life and character has already been tainted by this.
LI Mom July 25, 2011 at 01:40 PM
'"her life and character has already been tainted by this.". As it should. People need to be accountable for their actions, whether they intended them or not. I am sorry, but a 26 year old should know that it IS NOT OKAY to ever leave a baby in a car while shopping. But even worse on a 100 degree day. Whatever her reaction in the store or the parking lot, this woman needs a parenting class at the least. What else has she done (do you think this was a 1st time for her)? CPS should be involved to ensure this child's safety. I can't wrap my head around this, she was beyond stupid.
Andrea July 25, 2011 at 01:50 PM
You think she unintentionally left her child in the car? Its not whether she wanted her child to die - its whether she did something knowing it could cause harm. If she does not know that leaving a person or animal in a car on such a hot day could cause harm, she is at least an idiot. And Mamma's comments reflect that this woman was sorry after she was publicly embarassed and screamed at. I wonder, if no one had noticed and hadn't made it a public issue, how she would have felt returning to her child after? Plenty of people express regret when they are caught doing something wrong - often because they are caught! Its very sad that you hear this and think "oh the poor mother needs help" and not "oh the poor child who has been subjected to this act by a parent who quite obviously does not consider her child's best interests". Also, your view on how "she alone" would be dealing with grief is ridiculous. Those "real Christian folk" you seem to think we should all model should care. And the grandparents? The baby's father? The community that actually cares about the welfare of this child? Imagine what the Casey Anthony trial would've been like if the only person who had to deal with grief was Casey.
Mamma July 25, 2011 at 01:54 PM
This women will get what she deserves. All I have to say is that I was there and I saw the woman in person and as a mother and a woman I can say that I saw genuine love between her and her baby. You can all go ahead and voice your opinion on her actions and what her punishment should be etc... But do not judge her love for her child, that is no ones place to judge but god's and anyone who truly believes they have the right to is mistaken.
Andrea July 25, 2011 at 01:56 PM
Abusive men love their wives too. Happy to hear she loves her child based on your very short impression of a dramatic situation - I care about whether she can care for her child.
Andrea July 25, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Howie - the article said the car was unlocked. But - the police arrived to find the kid in the car - wondering - did the person who called the police then just sit there and watch the kid sweat in the car? Not the main point I suppose but really odd...
Mamma July 25, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Well it is my god given right to feel compassion for whom ever I choose to and in this case it is to both the mother and child. You all have your own opinions based on your character, gender, life experiences etc.. I am only commenting on what I saw first hand.
Andrea July 25, 2011 at 02:16 PM
I don't think anyone has questioned your right to feel whatever you want.
twocents July 25, 2011 at 03:19 PM
To Cathy, Judgemental? Yeah, we make judgements all the time. If some people would use better judgement, THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. I am sick and tired of hearing the insipid 'oh mommy made a stupid mistake;. A mistake is wearing a blue sock with a brown sock. This was a choice made in the face of better judgement. child was given back because it wanted to go with "mommy". well, whipped dogs will go crawling to their owners. and this just proves my point: you're less interested in the safety and well being of this child then you are in this mommy's so called rights of ownership of said child. Women who have flayed, baked, fried, microwaved, skinned their own children will simp when convicted 'I loved my child'. Children are more likely to be murdered by their own mothers then anyone else, and this is a statistic. Next in line are mommys shack up stud of the week, and this is also a statistic from an english medical journal. You can 'mooo' all you want about this poor so called mother: I would rather play it safe on the childs side until it is 'sorted out'.
Jenn July 25, 2011 at 03:21 PM
I never said she intentionally left her kid to die. I said the kid was left there to die - doesn't matter if she never thought it would happen, it would have if no one saw that girl. The fact that you spout that she couldn't have possibly left that kid on purpose to die, worries me more than her actions alone - because it means that you are truly naive about the goings on in people's minds. For all you know, that kid was throwing a fit on the way to the store, and that mother walked out telling her kid "I'll show you". -- Before you scream, I'm not saying that's what she did, but you are denying the fact that it could have happened at all. And for the record - Webster is not the problem, society is. The fact that people would call this an accident, or drunk driving an accident is ridiculous. She walked away from that baby in an obviously dangerous situation, that's not an accident. Just like getting in your car and driving while intoxicated is NOT an accident - you make those choices intentionally. Anything that is done with intention of any kind can not be called an accident. Falling off a bike is an accident. Slicing my finger open while cutting vegetables is an accident. The word accident should not be allowed here. You want to use the word "mistake" - I'll give you that. That word is more appropriate, even though the mistake was nearly deadly, but accident - NO
Andrea July 25, 2011 at 05:07 PM
I'm sorry but what on earth are you talking about?
DDB July 25, 2011 at 06:53 PM
The child wanted to be carried by her mother because she didn't know her mother almost killed her. This is why grown ups are supposed to take care of children, because the children don't know any better.
FYI July 25, 2011 at 08:08 PM
I am interested to know why the baby was returned to the mother, if this is true, and not into the care of another responsible family member, if available, until the competency of the mother was resolved. She made a horrible mistake, but only if she didn't realize she had left the baby, could it be characterized an accident. If it was an accident, what was the mental state that resulted in this accident? I hope the baby was checked for prior evidence of neglect or abuse to help ensure this hasn't been an undetected history.
Deb Hobgood July 28, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Why was the child not taken to the hospital for medical clearance given the fact the it was already exhibiting symptoms of over exposure to the heat? Rescue should have been called and the decision to release the child made by someone with medical expertise. Bad call 2nd pct.
LI Mom July 28, 2011 at 03:04 PM
The whole thing is ridiculous. I keep checking back here for an update to see if there is anything new on this...
Jenn July 28, 2011 at 05:50 PM
There probably won't be an update until she goes to court: Next Appearance Date:September 12, 2011 Court:Suffolk First District Court Part:D64P
kate July 30, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Ok, in today's police blog , the Patch states that on July 22, Aimee Rachlin, the mother that left the child in the car was "arrested" and charged w/ "acting in a manner to injure a child" But people that were present that day state she was not arrested and left w/ the child...did the cops have second thoughts and go to Brookville and arrest her afterall?
Pam Robinson (Editor) July 30, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Suffolk police and courts clearly state that she was arrested and released on a desk appearance ticket, at the Second Precinct stationhouse.
kate July 30, 2011 at 08:06 PM
thanks Pam ! why did the people that say they were present state she was released at the scene w/ the child.....or did so many of us mis-understand their statements? This entire story just did not add up from the get go...plz stay on top of this story so everyone will know the outcome!
Pam Robinson (Editor) July 30, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Hi, Kate, yes, our editor, Rich, is and has been all over this story. I haven't heard anyone say she was released outright and sent on her way; I see someone who was apparently there say that the baby was handed back to her but that doesn't mean she was simply let go by the police. It's not unusual for the police to ask people to come to the station, answer questions and from there get a DAT. But that is purely speculation on my part. All I know is that the court and court records, which are quite separate, say that she was arrested and is due back in court on the DAT.
Vilma August 03, 2011 at 02:15 AM
I once accidently left my neighbors cat in the back seat when I went to the movies on a hot summer day. What a terrible experience. The cat was stiff as a board the next day and my car had an awful stench. My neighbor got pretty distraught also, so i understand if people are mad at this lady.
Noreen April 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM
The only one posted here who is truly interested in the best interest of the child. Somebody who undrstands the mother needs help.
Noreen April 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Extremely good point. I wonder why? There are any number of reasons, and those of us who were not there will never know any of the real circumstances. Great to think, though, that there is truly a community of people concerned about an innocent childs welfare. Point to ponder, how do we refrain from judgement and just help??

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