JPD: Mom left infant in hot car while she ate pizza

Mom left infant in hot car to eat pizza
(Source: Raycom Media)
(Source: Raycom Media)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police cited a woman with child endangerment after they say she left her baby in a hot car while she ate pizza.

At 3:25 p.m., with the heat index registering 108 degrees, Officer Keith Baggett responded to a call of a baby left in a car in the parking lot of Larry's Pizza, 1841 E. Highland Dr.

According to the initial caller, the four-month-old baby had been left inside a 2015 Kia Sorento for about 10 minutes and "was not acting right."

When Baggett arrived at the scene, the baby had been removed from the SUV and was being examined by paramedics with Emerson Ambulance Service.

Baggett then turned his attention to the baby's mother, 25-year-old Brittany N. Reeder of Jonesboro, who was "very distraught about the situation."

Reeder said when she and her family arrived at the restaurant the baby was asleep, so she decided to leave her in the SUV.

She could not give a specific time, but said that they had been inside the restaurant for 10-15 minutes when her aunt asked about the baby.

"Reeder went outside to check on the infant and called 911 when she realized the child was possibly in distress," Baggett stated in his initial incident report.

According to the officer's account, Reeder 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 stated.

Reeder, according to the report, "could not give a logical reason why she would leave her child in the vehicle during these conditions."

The ambulance crew took the baby to St. Bernards Medical Center for further examination.

Baggett went to the hospital to finish the 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 call.

Baggett cited Reeder with endangering the welfare of a minor-second degree and gave her a court date of Aug. 3 before releasing her.

He then faxed a copy of his report to the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Hotline for possible investigation.

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A local woman went to get a bite of pizza and left her child in a vehicle with the heat index at 108. Read about her conversation with a police officer.

Posted by Region 8 News on Thursday, July 21, 2016

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