An Edmonton mother is facing a charge of causing a child to be in need of intervention after police officers removed a child from a car last week.

Officers responded to a call Friday just before 8 a.m. at the South Edmonton Common shopping centre.

When police arrived, they found an eight-year-old girl in the rear seat of the vehicle. The hood of the car and interior of the car were cold to the touch as the weather was around -8 C, police said.

Police had the girl unlock the vehicle and placed her in the warm patrol car.

Police believe the child had been left in the car for more than an hour. The girl told police she left the car at one point to look for her mother in the store, but returned to the vehicle when she was unable to find her.

“Although the young girl was dressed appropriately for winter weather conditions, the vehicle had substantially cooled down,” said Const. Kamlesh Patel, in a press release.

The mother was charged under the Child, Youth and Family Act.