JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro couple was charged with child endangerment after police say they left a 5-year-old girl alone in a car for about 30 minutes.
According to a Jonesboro Police Department incident report, an officer responded to Hays clothing store, 2215 E. Highland Dr., for an abandoned child Tuesday.
Officer Blake Anderson spoke to 25-year-old Cody Cox who said he and his girlfriend, 28-year-old Cherise Ramirez, came to the store to shop.
He said the young child with them didn't want to go into the store, so they left her alone in the car, watching a movie.
He said they left the engine running and locked the doors with the key fob.
Cox said the couple was in the store for about 15 minutes and he checked on the girl once during that time.
Officer Anderson then spoke to the store manager.
The manager said he was contacted and told about a young child standing alone and crying at the front of the store.
He said the child "looked like she had wet herself as he met her," according to the incident report.
The girl told the manager she couldn't find her mom or dad.
According to the report, the manager paged them in the store, but nobody responded.
Cox was found in the tent area of the store a few minutes later.
The manager told police the surveillance footage showed the couple walking into the store around 3:20 p.m. without the little girl and she was found about 30 minutes later.
Cox and Ramirez were both cited for endangering the welfare of a minor because they left her unsupervised in a running vehicle for an extended period of time.
She was also able to get out of the car and walk through the parking lot alone.
They are scheduled to appear in court June 13.
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