A Chicago woman who authorities said left a young girl and two
locked in a car outside the
courthouse on Tuesday has been charged with endangerment of a child and animal abandonment and was released on $6,000 bond.
Joheidi Martinez, 30, of the 4500 block of
Avenue in Chicago, allegedly left the child and dogs in the vehicle in an adjacent parking garage while she was inside the Cook County branch courthouse at 5700 Old Orchard Road in Skokie, police said.
Authorities did not release the child’s age but said that a concerned citizen told a sheriff’s deputy at the courthouse that a "small child" and the dogs had been inside the car for more than an hour.
Police said the child told them she was waiting for her godmother. They said that, when she was located, Martinez stated she “didn’t realize how long she was gone and how hot outside it was.” The child and dogs were not harmed in the incident, said police.
The Department of Child and Family Services has intervened, and the child and the dogs were returned to the child’s mother, police said.