Albuquerque couple accused of leaving daughter in hot truck for punishment

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — An Albuquerque couple is accused of locking their 5-year-old daughter in a hot truck as punishment.

Albuquerque police say Dulces Monge-Perez and Angelica Lerma-Montoya were arrested Tuesday on child abuse charges after police were called to a Home Depot by shoppers who spotted the girl in 90 degree weather.

Police say she was sweating, screaming and crying when she crawled out of the truck and was taken to a hospital to be treated for dehydration and heat exposure.

KOAT-TV reports ( that the girl told police she was ordered to stay in the truck while her parents shopped as punishment for not eating earlier in the day.

Her name hasn't been released by police yet.

Information from: KOAT-TV,

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