A southwest Iowa woman is facing charges after allegedly leaving her infant granddaughter in a hot car. Red Oak police responded to a call that an infant was inside a black Chevy Caprice with the windows up and the car was not running.
The caller reported that there seemed to be no one around and were not sure how long the child had been in the vehicle. When officers arrived they found the 2-and-a-half month old inside the vehicle and started the search for the driver. They searched the store, with the help of the store managers, where they believed the driver was located.
Meanwhile, other officers entered the car and removed the child and placed it in a patrol vehicle where it was cooler. The infant was sweating and breathing hard, and officers called Red Oak Rescue to come to the scene and examine the child to make sure she was okay. During the examination of the child she began to breathe easier.
The driver of the vehicle, 56-year-old Vicky Sue Allen of Red Oak, the infant’s grandmother was located about 30 minutes later. The father of the child was called and came to pick the child up. Allen was arrested and charged with child endangerment, then taken to the Montgomery County Jail and is being held on $2,000 bond.
By Mike Peterson, KMA, Shenandoah