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Charges Pending Against Grandmother Accused of Leaving Kid in Car

Posted at 10:17 AM, Jul 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-22 15:03:08-04

VALDOSTA, GA (WTXL) -- A grandmother could be arrested in Valdosta after she purposely left a 2-year-old in the car at a Walmart parking lot Tuesday, said police.

Around 4 pm, someone called 911 to report that they saw a child left alone in a car so they took the kid inside the Walmart on Norman Park Drive.

Police said that the two year-old was covered in sweat but appeared to be alert. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration.  Temperatures Tuesday afternoon were 96 degrees with a heat index of 107, according to Lowndes County 911. Security video shows that the child was left in the car for 12 minutes before being rescued.

The grandmother, whose name has not been released yet, said that she left the kid in the car because he was asleep, but she told police that she left the window cracked and the doors unlocked.

Police said that she did have a second grandchild with her that she brought into the store.    

The child's mother, who was at work at the time of the incident, was notified by police and taken to the hospital to be with her child. Lowndes County Department of Family and Children Services was also notified about the incident.

The child was later released to his mother’s care after treatment at the hospital.

This case is still being investigated. Police say that they anticipate that charges will be filed against the grandmother for reckless endangerment