A Florida mother was arrested after reportedly leaving her child in a hot, locked car for more than an hour and giving police false information.
Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office responded to a call Saturday regarding a child approximately 5 years of age crying and sweating in a car parked at a Walmart parking lot with the windows closed, The News Journal reported.
Witnesses told authorities the child appeared to be in distress. They tried locating the driver of the vehicle for about an hour by using the store intercom system and canvassing the area, according to a press release.
After 911 was called, one witness broke a window of the vehicle and removed the child from the car, the report states. That witness told police he believed the child was in grave danger.
Emergency Medical Services examined the child at the scene for heat exhaustion. The outside temperature was 88 degrees at the time, WSFA reported. Paramedics did not release the temperature recorded inside the vehicle, but authorities said the car was “off with no air conditioning.”
The mother arrived at the scene while paramedics were working on the child. She was arrested and charged with child neglect after initial questioning.
It was later determined that the suspect lied about her identity to police. She was identified as Chrisin Renee Deam through fingerprinting and is now facing additional charges.
The Department of Children and Families has been notified of the incident and the child is now in the custody of a relative.
Deam is currently in Santa Rosa County Jail and is being held on a $5,000 bond.