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Authorities: Mom left sleeping toddler in car that was towed

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Authorities in Fort Lee say a mom who left her sleeping toddler alone in an illegally parked car that was later towed is now facing criminal charges.

According to police, Yuqing Jian, 46, told them she had gone to her bank Monday to make a deposit before it closed.  Authorities say Jian left her sleeping 2-year-old daughter in the parked vehicle, then later returned to find it and her daughter missing. Jiang called 911 and learned the car was towed to a facility near the bank.

Police found the toddler asleep in the back of the towed vehicle, but she wasn't in a car seat.

Jiang is charged with abuse, abandonment, cruelty and neglect of a child.

It's not known if she's retained an attorney.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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