WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Three Western New York mothers are each accused of leaving their children alone in the car while tanning. West Seneca police made the arrests in separate incidents dating back to April at Zoom Tan on Seneca Street.
Nina Poliseno of Cheektowaga is the latest to be charged with endangering the welfare of a child after police received an anonymous tip.
Officer Gregory Kinner said the roughly 3-month-old child was left in a running car.
Last month police say Brittany Null of Tonawanda did the same thing. They say she left a 4-year-old in her unlocked car, and that somebody heard the child crying.
“Initially said that she believed a boyfriend was supposed to be watching the child and didn’t know where he went, but later admitted to officers there was no boyfriend,” Officer Gregory Kinner said. “She had the child waiting in the car while she got a tan.”
Back in April Tiffany Aubry of Lackawanna was arrested when police say she left a 4-year-old and 2-year-old in the car, while she got a tan.
“It just boggles the mind, to be honest,” Kinner said.
Residents expressed outrage over the three arrests.
Loretta Stein of West Seneca said, “I think that’s terrible. A mother should worry about their children and not leave them in the car.”
“Sad to think anyone could be that preoccupied or concerned about their own self to leave a child behind in a car. It’s very heartbreaking,” Pat Kelly, a south Buffalo native, said.
Debbie Stoehr of West Seneca said “I think they’re self-centered because they’re not thinking about their kid in the back seat, like the people that go to work and forget that they have their kid in the car. How do you forget that stuff?”
But Philip Roman of West Seneca says he sees it all the time especially with young parents.
“Like kids my age, we have young children. I have one on the way too,” Roman said. “And they’ll go into Tops. They think they’re going to take 10 minutes, run into Tops, and they don’t think about grabbing the baby, bringing it into the store with them.”
Karen Kowalski of South Buffalo said, “Take your kids to a neighbor’s, or somehow put the kid in a car seat and take the child in with you. I did it for mine and now I’m a dog lover and I don’t even leave my dogs in the car alone.”