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KANNAPOLIS — A woman was charged after officials said she left a child in a hot car at the Cabarrus County Department of Social Services, according to Kannapolis police.

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A witness contacted a county employee at DSS after noticing an unattended child in a car in the department’s parking lot.

Jennifer Pohl, 29, from Midland, is facing charges for leaving a 1-year-old girl in the car for about an hour and 15 minutes at the Cabarrus County Department of Social Services on South Cannon Boulevard around 10:45 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Police said a witness who was walking into the center noticed an unattended baby crying in the back seat of a 2016 Ford Edge.

The witness contacted a county employee inside the building and told her about the child, officials said.

Officials said a Cabarrus County deputy, who works security at the DSS, was also notified.

Officers were about to break the car window when the mother returned to the car.

Officials said the child was evaluated and treated for heat exhaustion at Atrium Health Cabarrus. The child is expected to be OK.

Officials said Pohl has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

Officials said the mother entered the Cabarrus County DSS with her father-in-law to aid him in seeking assistance and had left the child in the car.

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