Police arrested Madlyn Primoff on Sunday and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.
Authorities say the 45-year-old mother later let her 12-year-old daughter back in the car after she ran to catch up. A Good Samaritan picked up the crying 10-year-old and bought her ice cream while calling police.
Primoff reported the girl missing later that night. She was arrested when she arrived at the police station to pick up her daughter.
She has been released on bail. A man who answered the phone at Primoff's home said she would not comment.
Information from: Daily News
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