Judge grants bond to Zoraida Hernandez, who left her baby in hot car

4:23 PM, Jul 18, 2013   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- An Alexandria mother, accused of leaving her 8-month-old son in a hot car, has posted a $25,000 bond.

Thirty-two-year-old Zoraida Hernandez will now be able to see her four young children.

Her attorney Rebecca Wade says, "She's a mother who loves her children. She's distraught and grief stricken. She's happy to be home and grieving in private."

Hernandez is charged with felony neglect after police say she left her baby, Nathan, in a hot car for 6 hours while she went to work in Arlington July 5th when temps soared in the 90's.

The baby's father, William Salgado is by her side in support.

"She's a great mom and I'm glad she's coming home today."

Hernandez is free on bond under special conditions:

She won't be able to live with her children, she can't see them without supervision and she must undergo a mental evaluation.

Wade said, "It was a tragedy, not any criminal behavior."

That will be up to the courts to decide. 

Her trial is scheduled for August 28th.  Hernandez was allowed to attend her baby's funeral this past Monday.

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