A Florida woman arrested for leaving her child in a hot car complained to police that the police cruiser she was cuffed in was too “hot.”
WSB-TV reports that police found a 5-year-old alone in a locked Hyundai after being called to a Dollar General store in South Daytona.
Police say the the car was parked in direct sunlight without any shade and the boy seemed upset and very sweaty.
Police dash cam video shows the mother, 30-year-old Colleen Walker, confront police officers and fire fighters.
“He wasn’t in the car for two hours, it was like, 12 minutes,” she said after leaving the store.
“Don’t get all huffy and puffy because I’m not going to feel bad for you. I don’t care,” a firefighter tells her.
“We get cases and cases where, 10, 15 minutes the kid is dead,” the firefighter said.
A witness who made the 911 call told police that the child was in the hot car for at least 20 minutes and was crying and screaming.
The store’s manager told police Walker was in the store for around 30 minutes.
Police told WSB-TV that Walker complained the cruiser she was taken to jail to was “too hot.”
“She was complaining that the backseat of our patrol car was too hot on her way to the jail, and asked the officer to turn the AC up,” Lt. Dan Dietrich told the station.
Walker is charged with child neglect and being held on $5,000 bail. She faces up to 5 years in prison if convicted.
Featured image via screengrab/Volusia County Jail