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Lindsay Hoffmann And Companion Left Baby In Frigid Car To Enter Sex Store: Cops

02/05/2015 05:12 pm ET | Updated Feb 06, 2015

A woman in Waterbury, Connecticut, is behind bars after police discovered her two-week-old baby in a freezing car clad only in a onesie.

The car was parked outside of the VIP -- short for Very Intimate Pleasures -- an adult novelties store in Southington.

Lindsay Hoffmann, 26, entered the store Wednesday night with Marquette Riggsbee, 54, and her infant. Store employees turned them away, however, because children weren't allowed inside, the Associated Press reports.

So Hoffmann and Riggsbee returned a short time later without the newborn.

Employees raced outside and immediately called police when they saw the child alone in the vehicle in 29-degree weather.

VIP District Manager Tina Marchese told WFSB TV she was shocked at how cavalier Hoffmann and Riggsbee were towards the child. She said they continued to peruse the store after being told the police were coming.

"[The baby] was not dressed for winter. He was just in a normal onesie, no hat, hands exposed," Marchese said. "It really affected us because we are all mothers so it was a really sad thing for the baby."

The baby boy was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. Although the child's hands and feet were very cold, his body temperature was OK, NBC Connecticut reports.

Hoffmann and Riggsbee were charged with risk of injury to a minor and leaving a child unsupervised. They are each held on $25,000 bond pending a court appearance on Thursday.

The baby is now in the hands of the State's Department of Children and Families, according to 19ActionNews.com.

Both suspects have previous criminal records. Hoffman was convicted of prostitution in 2013 and Riggsbee was convicted of resisting arrest the same year.

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