An argument over a parking space Thursday afternoon led to a man being cited for leaving his girlfriend's daughter in a hot car.
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According to National City police, two men began arguing over a parking spot at a farmers market in the 1600 block of East 18th Street at about 2 p.m.
Following the argument, police said one of the men walked away, leaving his girlfriend's 8-year-old daughter in the car by herself with a window cracked open.
Police said the man came back to the car about five minutes later, but by that time someone had already notified authorities.
Once paramedics arrived at the scene, the girl was removed from the vehicle.
10News learned she suffered an asthma attack and had a temperature of 101 degrees. She was taken to Rady Children's Hospital for an evaluation. Her condition is unknown.
"She seemed fine
they put her in the ambulance. She didn't seem like she was hurt or anything or even upset. They just put her in the ambulance and the ambulance took off. They said they took her as a precaution," said farmers market employee Carrie Probst told 10News. "I was in shock. I would never leave my child in the car unattended
just makes me sad."
Police cited the man for misdemeanor child cruelty, but he was not arrested.
According to authorities, it is the fourth time in three weeks a child has been left alone inside a hot car in the South Bay.
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