The Massachusetts mother and aunt of a two-year-old child are facing charges after police say the pair broke into an Acushnet home while the child was left outside in a running car.
Police say the sisters, Christine Ferreira, 25, and Stephanie Ferreira, 27, were found at a home on Randall Street after a neighbor heard glass breaking in the home Sunday night.
"That's why we say, thank God for neighbors," said neighbor Debbie Fernandes. "We listen when someone is not at home. We kind of watch around."
When police arrived, they found the back door kicked in and flashlights shining. Police said one woman was trying to get onto the roof by escaping through a second floor window.
After ordering them to get out, both sisters were taken into custody.
Police then discovered the young girl waiting in the car outside the home.
"People just don't think when they leave their child in the car," said neighbor Katie Berube. It's foolish. Anything can happen in a second."
The child was OK and is now in custody of the Department of Children and Families.
The sisters were taken into custody and were arraigned Monday in New Bedford District Court on several charges including breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and child endangerment.