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Woman arrested for leaving child in car in Colombia: SC Police

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A little girl was rescued from a hot car after she was left alone for an hour and a half, and her mother was arrested, Richland County Police Department He said.

Around 1:30 p.m. on May 27, MPs responded to reports of a child trapped in a car At 2768 Decker Blvd.Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.

Representatives found an 18-month-old girl trapped in a car with its windows open, according to the statement.

“The child was clearly in a state of distress, sweating and crying,” the Sheriff’s Department said.

The deputies broke a window in the car and took the girl out before they helped her, according to the statement.

More information about the child’s condition is not available. There was no word if the child got sunstroke.

Witnesses told MPs that they saw the driver enter the plasma donation center at noon, but they did not know there was a child in the car at the time, according to the statement. They said they called 911 as soon as they saw and heard the baby.

According to the statement, the child was reported to have been in the car for an hour and a half before help arrived.

About 20 miles away at Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Temperatures were recorded in the low 80’s During a 90-minute period, Weather Underground reported.

but the The temperature inside the car was much higher, likely to Closer to 125 degreesAccording to Kids and Car Safety. Children died from heat stroke in cars when temperatures outside fell to 60 degrees, the organization said.

After describing the driver, deputies said they went to the facility and found the woman.

Elizabeth Newcomb, 22, has admitted being the driver and has admitted that she intentionally left her child in the car during the donation, according to the statement. The Sheriff’s Department said Newcomb was arrested at the scene and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.

The little boy has been taken into custody South Carolina Department of Social Services.

“This case is not about a distracted father who has forgotten his child,” Sheriff Leon Lott said in the statement. One mother chose to leave her 18-month-old baby in a car unattended in 90-degree weather. Let me be clear, if you choose to make the same choice this mother made, you will be arrested.”

In 2021, Three children died In South Carolina, more people are left in cars, primarily due to heatstroke, according to Kids and Car Safety. In 2018, South Carolina led the nation in the deaths of children from being left in vehicles, the state said.

On average, 39 children die annually from being left in cars in the United States.

What to do if you see an only child in a hot vehicle

  • Do not wait for the driver to return. Call 911 immediately. A 911 operator can help give you instructions on how to care for the baby.
  • If the child Not Responder or in distress, immediately:
    • Get them out of the car by any means necessary
    • Move them to a cooler environment (somewhere with air conditioning or shade if air conditioning is not available)
    • Remove the baby’s clothes to allow the heat to dissipate from his skin
    • Wet them in cool water or a damp cloth, and immerse them in cold water (not in an ice bath)
  • If the child is responsive and not in distress:
    • Stay with them until help arrives
    • Ask someone else if they can locate the driver. You might suggest that they request security from the store manager for their page.

    source: kidsandcars.org

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This story was originally published June 2, 2022 7:48 am.

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Noah Fett is a real-time reporter with the State Department focusing on breaking news, public safety, and trending news. The award-winning journalist has worked for several newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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