LITTLE FALLS, NJ -  Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Clifton Police Chief Mark P. Centurione announce that, Zahra Sharifnezhadazizi, 30, of Little Falls, was charged with two counts related to the endangering the welfare of her three-week-old infant.

The incident occurred on Aug. 8, when Sharifnezhadazizi left her three-week-old infant unattended in a locked car with the windows up and the engine off in the parking lot of Aldi’s Grocery store in Clifton, as she shopped. An on-looker saw the child in the backseat of the car and contacted the police who forced entry into the backseat of the car through a window.

The child was provided emergency care on-scene by Clifton Police Department and the Clifton EMS. Immediately thereafter the child was taken to the hospital and where the child was treated and released.

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Sharifnezhadazizi was charged with one count of second degree endangering the welfare of a child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(2) and one count of fourth degree abuse and neglect in violation of N.J.S.A 9:6-1.

Second degree endangering the welfare of a child carries a maximum term of 10 years in New Jersey State Prison and fourth degree abuse and neglect carries a maximum of 18 months in New Jersey State Prison. 

A complaint warrant is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation,the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.