Police: Man left 6-year-old girl in unlocked SUV for 9 hours overnight on busy street

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Authorities say a man from Jersey City has been charged after leaving a 6-year-old girl for nine hours overnight in an SUV.

The girl was left unattended over the weekend for roughly nine hours on Montgomery Street, between Kennedy Boulevard and West Side Avenue.

According to police, Zakaria Moustafa, 51, left the girl alone in the car overnight while the car was reportedly unlocked. Security officers from Saint Peter’s University eventually saw the girl in the vehicle.

Police say the girl was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center and is reportedly doing fine.

Moustafa is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

It is unknown if, or how the two are related.

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