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Updated: Sentence Delayed for Young Mom Who Left Kids in Hot Car

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Judge orders psychological evaluation for 20-year-old Farmington woman who faces up to 12 years.

FARMINGTON (AP) _ A judge in Farmington has delayed
sentencing a young mother who left her children in a hot, stuffy car
for nearly four hours pending the outcome of a psychological evaluation.

Twenty-year-old
Mary Passey pleaded guilty Feb. 21 to one count of second-degree felony
child abuse and one count of third-degree felony abuse. She faces up to
12 years for both charges.

During sentencing, Passey told state
District Judge Thomas Hynes she left her children asleep in a car at a
friend’s house. Passey said she then fell asleep at the house because
of new medication she was taking.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports the state recommended a 60-day psychological evaluation before sentencing Passey.

 


7:55am 2/22/11 — Young Mother Accused of Leaving Kids in Hot Car Pleads Guilty: Farmington woman, 20, who left children in car for four hours last August, faces up to 12 years in prison.

 

Mary Passey, the 20-year-old Farmington mother accused of leaving her two young children in a hot car for nearly four hours last August, pleaded guilty on Monday and is facing up to 12 years in prison, The Daily Times reported.

“I went over to a friend’s house and it was early in the morning and they were asleep,” Passey told state District Judge Thomas Hynes, who wanted to know why she left the 1- and 3-year-old children in the car. “I fell asleep without realizing it.”

Passey also told the judge she fell asleep because of a new medication she was taking, The Daily Times said.

During the four hours the children were inside the car, the outside temperature increased 20 degrees and the temperature inside the car increased to an estimated 120 degrees, police said following the incident.

Initially charged with first-degree child abuse resulting in great bodily harm which could have resulted in a mandatory 18-year prison sentence, Passey pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted child abuse and third-degree felony child abuse under a plea agreement, The Daily Times said.

The 1-year-old boy was flown to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque following the incident and was placed on a ventilator and treated for hyperthermia, while the 3-year-old girl was treated at San Juan Regional Medical Center for heat exhaustion, the paper reported.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said it appeared the girl didn’t suffer any lasting physical effects but may have suffered some emotional ones, while “it’s too early tell” whether the boy suffered any long-term consequences, according to The Daily Times.

The children have been placed with a family member, The Daily Times said.


 

2:05pm 9/3/10 — Mother Charged With Child Abuse Released With Ankle
Bracelet: The woman is accused of leaving her two young children in a
car for nearly four hours in Farmington while she visited a friend and
fell asleep.

A 20-year-old woman facing child abuse charges for allegedly leaving her two young children in a hot car for nearly four hours in Farmington last month is out of jail and wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, The Daily Times reported.

The Farmington newspaper said Mary Passey was released Monday after appearing before Magistrate Judge Stacey Biel, who set Passey’s bond at $50,000 or in lieu of bond said she could be released with an ankle bracelet.

The judge also set some requirements for Passey’s release in addition to wearing the ankle bracelet, The Daily Times reported. Passey is not allowed to have contact with her children except through the state Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and she is not allowed to contact any witnesses, including the man she was visiting on Aug. 24 when she is accused of leaving her 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter in the car.

Passey, who allegedly fell asleep while inside the residence, is charged with first-degree felony child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and third-degree felony child abuse.

The Daily Times reported that the temperature inside the car rose to 124 degrees while the children were inside the vehicle.

The boy remains hospitalized at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where he was flown following the incident, the newspaper said. He was listed in satisfactory condition Thursday.

The Daily Times reported that CYFD has said that the girl, who was treated at San Juan Regional Medical Center and released, was removed from Passey’s home after incident.

The newspaper said Thursday that department spokeswoman Romaine Serna confirmed CYFD still was providing services to the family, but because of confidentiality issues would not comment on the specifics of the case including whether the girl remained outside of the home.

Serna told The Daily Times that the department would do whatever is needed to keep the kids safe.

 

 


 

 

Monday, 30 August 2010 11:14

 

A Farmington mother faces two counts of felony child abuse after being accused of leaving her young children in a hot car for hours while she visited a friend and fell asleep.

Police arrested 20-year-old Mary Passey on Friday on charges of first-degree child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and third-degree child abuse.

Authorities have said Passey woke up around noon last Tuesday and found her children, a 1-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, still in the car.

Police said the temperature in the vehicle when detectives responded registered 120 degrees.

The girl was treated at Farmington’s hospital and released. The boy was flown to an Albuquerque hospital, where his condition was satisfactory.

Passey remained jailed Monday. Jail personnel did not know whether she has an attorney.

 

 


 

 

Thursday, 26 August 2010 11:33

 

Charges may be filed against a Farmington mother after she left two young children inside a hot car for four hours Tuesday.

Police said 20-year-old Mary Passey’s children were left in the stifling hot car while Passey visited with a friend. Police said Passey had also fallen asleep.

Around noon, Passey woke up and found her children, a boy and a girl ages 1 and 3, still in the car.

Farmington police spokesman Sgt. Robert Perez said the temperature in the vehicle when detectives responded registered 120 degrees.

Paramedics took both children to San Juan Regional Medical Center. The boy was later flown to a hospital in Albuquerque.

Passey’s daughter is now under state protection.

 

 


 

 

Wednesday, 25 August 2010 13:33

 

Authorities say a woman left her two small children in the car for several hours Tuesday while she was napping inside a Farmington residence and one of the children, a 1-year-old boy, is hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, The Daily Times reported.

The newspaper said that according to Detective Sgt. Robert Perez, Mary Passey arrived at the residence at 160 Desert Rose Trail about 8:30 a.m. and left both children in the car for more than three hours while she was inside the house taking a nap.

Perez told The Daily Times that Passey found her children in distress when she awoke and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the boy. The child was unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived at noon.

The children — 1-year-old Alexander and his 3-year-old sister, Taelyr — were taken by medics to San Juan Regional Medical Center and Alexander was later flown to Albuquerque, according to the newspaper.

The Daily Times reported that the investigation by detectives is ongoing.

 

 

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