MILFORD — A 43-year-old Westport woman was charged with leaving her five-year-old child alone in her vehicle while she was shopping, police said in a press release Monday.

Police said on Friday evening the department received a complaint that a child was left unattended inside a car in the shopping complex at 1405 Boston Post Road.

Investigation led to the arrest of Alexcia Patterson-Schroll, of Cedar Road, who is accused of leaving her young child in the car while she shopped around 7:20 p.m.

The state Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident. Patterson-Schroll was released at the scene on a promise to appear in Superior Court Jan. 29.

Update: Court records reflect that the case was dismissed in Milford Superior Court on Aug. 19.