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Queens mom who left 3-year-old locked in car to shop at Target claims she didn’t want to wake the baby, was ‘coming right back’: criminal complaint


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A mother busted for leaving her 3-year-old son locked in the car while she went shopping at a Queens Target told cops she didn’t want to wake the sleeping boy “and was coming right back," according to criminal court complaint.

Monalisa Gomes, 32, was arraigned in Queens court Friday night on charges including endangering the welfare of a child, and was released without bail.

“He was sleeping so I didn’t want to wake him up,” Gomes told police about her young son, Michael Cordero, the complaint stated. “I only left for 15 minutes. I went into Target and was coming right back.”

But when a woman walking by with her two daughters in the parking lot on 20th Ave. in College Point at 4 p.m. saw the little boy in Gomes’ Red Honda CRV, she immediately called 911.

The responding officer found the preschooler, who was wearing a jacket, “locked in the backseat ... unattended, with the back windows closed and front windows mostly closed.” The high temperature Friday hit 79 degrees.

He “was crying, sweating," the cops said, according to the complaint.

And little Michael told the officer, “I’m trapped. Where’s my mom? I’m really hot,” the paperwork revealed.

The little boy was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, Queens, for an evaluation, cops said.