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TEMPE, Ariz. -- A woman is accused of child abuse after going grocery shopping in Tempe and allegedly leaving her infant son inside a hot car for nearly 41 minutes.

Tempe police say 39-year-old Maria-Theresa Pio was booked into jail after Saturday incident.

It was unclear Monday if she has an attorney yet.

An off-duty Tempe first responder discovered the 1-year-old child crying and sweating profusely inside the car that wasn't running at about 3 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters, fire medics and police responded, removing the infant from the vehicle quickly.

The boy was transported to a Tempe hospital, treated by medical personnel and released to his father.

Police say the interior temperature of the vehicle using a digital infrared thermometer was measured at 124 degrees and the infant car seat was 113 degrees.

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