STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – Sterling Heights Police recently investigated two separate reports where mothers allegedly left their children inside of a vehicle while they went shopping.
On Friday March 16th, 2018, just shortly after midnight, a caller advised that a child was sleeping in an unattended vehicle in a Meijer parking lot located at 36600 Van Dyke.
Upon arrival, Sterling Heights Police Officers observed a sleeping child in a child seat that was placed behind the driver’s seat. The vehicle was not running and the driver’s door was unlocked. The owner of the vehicle was located inside of Meijer and she stated she was inside for only 10 minutes, she had locked the vehicle, and the vehicle was running when she went inside.
A citation was given to the mother and the Dept. of Health and Human Services was notified.
In another incident, on Saturday March 17th, 2018, at about 10:30 AM, Sterling Heights Police Officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Lakeside Mall for two children left unattended in a vehicle.
Upon arrival, officers observed two children playing on tablets in a car that was locked and not running. The mother returned to the vehicle and stated she was gone for no more than 10-15 minutes.
A ticket was issued to the mother and the Dept. of Health & Human Services was notified.
It was just last week that Jamie Lyn Stefanko, 35-years-old, of Ecorse, was charged in connection with leaving her infant child unattended in her car in the Southgate Sam’s Club parking lot.
On March 14, 2018 at approximately 5:00 p.m., Southgate police officers were dispatched to the Sam’s Club parking lot in the 15000 block of Northline Road in Southgate in response to report of a child left in a vehicle unattended. Upon arrival, the officers observed the child in the vehicle unattended. Jamie Stefanko was arrested at the scene.