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Jonestown woman charged after infant left in hot car for hours

Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013, 06:05 PM CDT
Written by: Christ Papst

After eluding police for months, a woman who left an infant in a hot car for hours causing major injuries is finally behind bars. 

When police say this crime happened, Damaris Manrique was living in Jonestown.  Then, she left the state and police couldn’t find her.  But now she is in the Lebanon County Prison and may be for a long time. 

The 37-year-old from Puerto Rico faces charges including aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children. 

Police say Manrique left an 8-month-old in car, in front of a house on the 300 block of N. 5th Street in Lebanon.  Police say the child was in the car for two-and-a-half hours when it was 77 degrees.  The child was in the back seat with only the driver’s side window open.   The young boy was eventually taken to the hospital with seizures, a 107 degree temperature and a heart rate of 200.  He suffered blindness, deafness and brain damage - much of it permanent.
   
The child is in the custody of the county at a rehab facility.  The hope is to eventually find him a good home.  Manrique is schedule to be back in court on November 11.   She faces 25 years in jail.
Jonestown woman charged after infant left in hot car for hours


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