A woman from Kennebunkport, Maine has been issued a court summons after allegedly leaving a child unattended in a running car at the Ocean State Job Lot in Wareham.

On Thursday, July 30, at about 3 p.m. Wareham Police responded to Cranberry Plaza for a report of a child left unattended in a vehicle for over 30 minutes. An adult guardian who was located inside the store was confronted by angry bystanders when she came outside, according to a media release from the Wareham Police Department.

Police say the woman identified herself as a friend of the six-year-old child's grandmother. Police allege that the woman left the child in the car with a dog for an extended period. The Department of Children and Families responded to the scene and will continue the investigation, police said.

Wareham Police Officer Aaron Pacheco is summoning 58-year-old Catherine Nesbit of Kennebunkport, Maine, to court. She is charged with one count of reckless endangerment of a child, and received a citation for leaving an unattended motor vehicle running. The child was not physically injured in the incident.

“I would like to thank the citizens who stepped up to assist the vulnerable child in this particular incident," said Police Chief John Walcek in a statement.

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