Mother arrested for leaving baby in hot car

Clovis police are urging people to not leave their children or pets locked in a car this summer.

A Clovis mother has been arrested for leaving her infant in a hot car. 

The mom left her child in the car during the hottest part of the day on Monday while she ate in a nearby business. 

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The big picture: Clovis Police announced Tuesday that the mother was taken into custody for leaving her infant in the car at around 4:30 p.m. 

  • A concerned person called the police to report an infant locked in a car in the sun. 
  • The car was parked in a parking lot at the intersection of Willow and Nees Avenues. 
  • The caller said the car was turned off and the windows were slightly down, but the infant looked warm in the car seat. 

Go deeper: The mother and an older child returned to the car while officers responded. 

  • Officers determined that the infant was locked in the hot car for at least 20 minutes. 
  • Paramedics checked the infant and determined that the child was healthy and safe out of the hot car despite being warm to the touch. 
  • The mother was arrested for felony child endangerment. 
  • The infant and the older child were turned over to their father by Child Protective Services. 

What they’re saying: “During the hot summer in our Central Valley, the inside of cars can heat up quickly to a deadly level,” Clovis Police said in a statement. “Please keep an extra eye on your children, the elderly, and your pets. Ensure that they are staying hydrated and limit time outdoors. Thank you to the concerned caller who reported this infant who was in danger, and the first responder who acted quickly.” 

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