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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Safety concerns rise each summer about kids in hot vehicles. Just this week, twins were killed in Georgia after being left alone in a hot car. Those fears are hitting too close to home for some families after they learned a child was left in a car in Chesterfield.

"I could just never imagine leaving my child alone like that, even if it wasn't hot, just unattended in a vehicle," said Charity Gott, a mother of two small children.

Chesterfield police said a 38-year old woman left a child in the car to go shopping at the St. Louis Premium Outlets.

"I can't imagine any scenario where that would be a rational decision," said Jonathan Hiles, a concerned parent.

"Your child should be with you like 24/7. It shouldn't happen; never, even for a moment," said Gladys Anderson.

St. Louis Premium Outlets general manager Brian Voyles confirmed in a written statement for Fox 2 News that a shopper notified mall security of the child in the vehicle on August 2.

“Our security officer confirmed that there was no immediate threat to the child’s well-being and notified Chesterfield Police Department.

“While St. Louis Premium Outlets maintains constant security vehicle and foot patrol throughout the property to ensure the safety of our guests, shoppers are encouraged to report any concerning behavior to security as soon possible."

The Department of Family Services was called and Chesterfield police are investigating. No word on whether the woman will be charged for child endangerment.