Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Residents of the normally peaceful suburban town of Winnetka, Illinois are still reeling from the news that a mother, whose name is being withheld by police pending a full investigation, left an iPhone unattended for more than three hours in a car parked in the hot sun. "Security cameras have shown that the iPhone had been in the car—with the doors locked and the windows rolled up—since 1 p.m," says Winnetka police chief Douglas Blaine. "Due to the tragic and highly emotional nature of this case, we cannot say any more at this time." According to official police records, two officers forcibly broke into the car at 4:07 p.m. and found the iPhone lying face down on the dashboard. Police say that if the iPhone were left in the extreme heat for any longer, it could have died. The iPhone was rushed by ambulance to a nearby Apple facility for careful examination. Miraculously, no damage to its memory, screen, or wireless capabilities was reported. Witnesses said that when the iPhone's owner eventually arrived at her car and realized what she had done, she began sobbing hysterically, calling out in vain for her iPhone, and rocking back and forth on the parking lot pavement while repeatedly shouting "No" and "This can't be happening." The owner is currently being held by authorities and will be charged with criminal neglect. If found guilty, she will be subject to severe punitive action, including fines and possible jail time, and the iPhone will be placed under foster care."
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