Police officers arrested an Arizona mother after she allegedly left her child in a locked car in the summer heat while she went shopping.
Mikayla Lynn Peer, 20, is currently being held in jail in Phoenix, Arizona. Officers charged her with child neglect and endangerment.
The incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on July 4 after law enforcement officials got a report of a child left inside of a locked car in a Wal-Mart parking lot, reports KPHO.
Tony Smith, who was walking through the parking lot when he found the 2-year-old girl in the vehicle, reported the issue.
Officers soon arrived and they discovered the child sweating profusely in the locked car.
They then broke one of the car’s windows to rescue the child.
Police say they recorded temperatures inside the car as an average of 108 degrees.
Paramedics attended to the child and she was later taken to the hospital. She reportedly did not appear to have any life-threatening injuries.
The mother was later found inside the store. Officials said it was at least 20 minutes from when she left the vehicle with the child in it until she returned to it.
“I’m so glad I was there when I was,” said Smith. “When I left, that’s all I could think about yesterday. And then this morning it was all I could think about. I still picture her face, all sweaty and everything.”
According to KidsAndCars.org, about eight children have died this year from heat stroke after parents or caretakers left them inside cars.
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