Children Found in Hot Van; Mother Arrested

From Times Staff Reports

A Northridge woman remained in a Van Nuys jail Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of child endangerment when an off-duty police officer noticed her children sweating in her parked van while she was grocery shopping around noon Wednesday, police said.

The officer spotted the children, ages 18 months and seven weeks, alone in the locked van in a Vons parking lot in the 18500 block of Nordhoff Street. The mother, Subha Sadaf, 21, was arrested upon her return. The children were taken to the hospital, examined and released to their father. Sadaf's bail is set at $50,000.

The high temperature in Northridge Wednesday was 86 degrees.

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