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Grandma Who Left Tot In Burning Vehicle Turns Herself In

Baby Killed In Blaze

POSTED: 2:06 p.m. EDT October 20, 2003
UPDATED: 3:14 p.m. EDT October 20, 2003

A woman who left her 22-month-old grandson inside a burning vehicle early Sunday was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and turned herself in to authorities on Monday.

Pamela Dreadin, 41, was released on her own recognizance after a short hearing in Superior Court.

Authorities did not lay out their case in the court proceeding.

Police said Dreadin, 41, of Mount Laurel, was driving in a rural section of Eastampton Township shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday when her Ford Bronco ran off the road, starting a fire in the engine compartment.

Dreadin went to a nearby house to call for help but did not mention that her grandson, Michael Malinowski, was in the car until 10 minutes later when a police officer arrived, authorities said.

By the time rescue crews arrived, the fire had engulfed the vehicle, killing the child.

Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi said he would ask a grand jury to consider whether more severe charges might be warranted.

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