No Charges For Local Mom Who Left Infant in Car

She got the scare of her life when she realized someone had taken her car with her newborn inside.

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    Amber Alert signs were flashing for nearly three hours as police up and down the state searched for baby Maribel.

    The mother who left her infant daughter in a car that was carjacked from a Morgan Hill church will not face charges.

    On Tuesday the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office made their decision public.  They will not charge Maribel Corona, 24, of Morgan Hill.

    Corona could have been charged with child neglect for leaving her 1-month-old alone in the backseat while she visited a food pantry.

    Deputy District Attorney Steve Dick told KSBW that based on evidence it was "not appropriate" to file charges against Corona. He declined to elaborate on why no charges will be filed.

    It was just before 2 p.m. on May 31, when Corona parked her car outside St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church.  She left the motor running and was gone for fewer than five minutes.

    When she returned baby Mariana Corona Vidal and the car were gone.

    The baby and the car were found three hours later in Salinas unharmed. A regional Amber Alert was issued, but the hiker who found the infant said she didn't know about the alert but became concerned when she realized the baby was alone.

    By the way, the car thief is still on the loose.