Most people have already learned that babies should not be left alone in a hot car, or any car for that matter, while running errands, but it still continues to happen.
While Kelly Decorrevont, 35, was shopping at Walmart last Monday, her four-month-old son was left alone in a hot car in the parking lot while the temperature rose to 86 degrees. She had left the baby in the car for more than two and a half hours. When a stranger was passing by the car and saw the infant crying and sweating, she immediately flagged a police officer in the area.
Officer Hackworth tried to smash the front window of the car, the one furthest from the baby, with a crutch first, but to no avail. Only after he obtained a tire lever from another bystander did the officer succeed in breaking into the car.
A Walmart employee helped take the baby out of the car once the doors were unlocked.
The dramatic scene was caught on camera by an onlooker.
The baby boy was taken to the hospital for treatment and is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.
When the officer found the mother in the store, she not only “did not seem very remorseful,” but the officer even found the mother in possession of marijuana, which she admitted to smoking.
Decorrevont told the police that she didn’t even realize that the baby was in the car, and said that it must have been her teenage daughter who locked the baby in the car without her knowing.
She is now facing charges for child neglect and possession of marijuana.