Child recovering after being left in freezing vehicle for hours

Nicole Carmon

THORNTON, CO (WCMH) — Police say the child suffered frostbite and hypothermia after his mom left him in the frozen vehicle for about seven hours.

Police tell KDVR, the mother, Nicole Carmon, said she was in an accident and had left the child in the car overnight, but officers say the mom’s story keeps changing. Now she could face charges.

The 2-year-old boy was crying when police found him, and was suffering from hypothermia and frostbite, and while kids aren’t any more susceptible to the cold than adults, the effects can be dangerous.

“Hypothermia in extreme cases can be deadly whereas frostbite, there can be dire consequences, such as losing the tip of your nose but generally it’s not going to be life threatening,” Dr. Jared Scott with the Swedish Medical Center tells KDVR.

A judge is now reviewing what consequences the child’s mother faces.

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