Man Arrested for Leaving 4-Year-Old Child in Car

SELDEN – Selden Plaza, Route 25 / Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at approximately 1:55 p.m.

Suffolk County Police today arrested a Mount Sinai man after he left his child in a locked vehicle for approximately 15 minutes in Selden this afternoon.


A 4-year-old girl was sleeping in the backseat of the vehicle for approximately 15 minutes. The car was not running and the windows were open approximately ½ inch. Other members of the Selden Fire Department responded and were able to unlock one of the doors. The child was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for examination.

Sergeant Robinson and Officer Strandvold entered TJ Maxx, located in Selden Plaza, and located the child’s father, Juan Pablo Aguilar Varela, 32, of 4 Valiant Court. Aguilar Varela was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and is scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on August 28. Suffolk County Child Protective Services was notified.


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Case Number: RD/1615

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