JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)–Police in northeast Arkansas cited a woman with child endangerment after they say she left her baby in a hot car while she went into a restaurant to eat pizza.
Officer Keith Baggett responded to a call of a baby left in a car at 3:25 Wednesday, according to KAIT. The heat index was 108 degrees when Baggett arrived at Larry’s Pizza, and paramedics were examining the four-month-old girl.
KAIT reports the baby’s mother, 25-year-old Brittany N. Reeder, said the baby was asleep when she and her family arrived at the restaurant. She decided to leave the infant in the SUV.
Officer Baggett said the mother was “very distraught about the situation” and said she had been in the restaurant for 10-15 minutes before her aunt asked about the baby.
Baggett said Reeder called 911 after she went to check on the baby. She admitted the vehicle was not running and all the windows were rolled up.
“At the time of my call, the outside temperature was 96 degrees with a heat index of 108 degrees,” Baggett wrote in his report.
Reeder, according to the report, “could not give a logical reason why she would leave her child in the vehicle during these conditions.”
Baggett followed the ambulance crew to a nearby hospital to finish his investigation.
A registered nurse treating the infant reportedly told him the baby’s temperature was 99.9 degrees. It was approximately 45 minutes after the initial 911 call.
Baggett cited Reeder with endangering the welfare of a minor-second degree, and faxed a copy of his report to the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Hotline for possible investigation.