LAWRENCE — Suheily Gonzalez brought her two young sons to the home of their grandmother at 328 Andover St. early Wednesday night to drop them off, police said.
But after an argument between Gonzalez and the grandmother, Gonzalez left the children alone in her car for as long as 40 minutes, police said. They said the grandmother found the boys in the car when she heard one of them crying.
Gonzalez, 33, of 39A Hilldale Ave., Haverhill, faces a charge of reckless endangerment of a child. Police said she left the boys in the car after a family dispute over who would watch them.
Gonzalez brought her sons, ages 1 and 3, to Lawrence around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday so their grandmother could watch them, according to a police report. But the grandmother, whose son is the father of the boys, refused, the report said.
An argument ensued and Gonzalez left the scene, police said.
About 10 to 15 minutes later, the grandmother heard a baby crying from a parking lot near her home. She said she found her two grandchildren inside a 1993 Acura Legend and called police, according to a report filed by Officer Robert Moody.
Moody called for an ambulance and called the Department of Children and Families to file a 51A child endangerment report.
The children were taken to Lawrence General Hospital for evaluation.
Moody said in his report that Gonzalez was gone for 30 to 40 minutes after leaving the boys in the car. But Gonzalez told Moody that she was only gone for a few minutes to walk to the store, thinking the grandmother was in the car with them, according to the police report.
During the investigation, the father of the children called the grandmother. Moody took the phone, and in a conversation with the officer, the father said he was on his way back from the beach and would pick up the children. When told the children were at the hospital, the father abruptly hung up, Moody said.
Police Lt. Jim Raso contacted the district attorney's office and was advised that Gonzalez should be charged with reckless endangerment of a child.
Gonzalez will be summonsed to court for a probable cause hearing on the child endangerment charge, according to police Chief John Romero.
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