Prosecutors have reviewed a case involving a man who left his 2-year-old daughter asleep in his car while he went to get a haircut at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond last Friday, but have not filed charges. Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Dara Cashman said today that she has returned the case to Richmond police for further investigation. In the meantime, the suspect, Kali Jo Lawrence Smith, has been released from custody. Police arrested Smith at about 11:25 a.m. on June 11 after someone spotted the child in the car in the 2500 block of Hilltop Mall Road, Richmond police Sgt. Mitch Peixoto said. Smith told police he went into the mall to get a haircut and left his daughter in the car because she “was sleeping and he didn’t want to wake her up,” Peixoto said. The girl was slightly dehydrated but was otherwise unharmed, according to Peixoto. A fire official took a temperature reading inside the car and found it was 104 degrees, he said. The girl’s mother came and picked her up from the scene, and Smith was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, Peixoto said.
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