OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City mother is accused of leaving her 2-year-old girl inside a hot car in the sweltering heat Monday night.
The suspect had allegedly been attending class at OCCC when the crime occurred.
For more than one hour, the little girl sat alone in her mother’s car.
“It’s never a good idea to leave a small child in unattended under any circumstances, particularly when it’s hot outside,” said Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight.
“The temp inside a car can go 20-30 degrees higher than outside temperatures,” said EMSA paramedic Colin Roy.
For example, outside on Tuesday it’s in the 80’s, but inside a car it’s a much different story.
“Less than an hour, inside this car is 115 degrees,” said Roy.
In this case, the alleged child neglect was caught on camera.
At 4:38pm, the mother can be seen walking away from her car.
More than an hour later, at 5:48, security notices a child left alone inside the parked car.
Finally at 5:52, the mother comes back to her car and is arrested for child neglect.
Police say the mother in this case, Elliott Bryant had an excuse at the ready.
According to police reports, “the suspect claimed she thought the victim’s (dad) was on his way to come get the victim.”
Paramedics and police agree the suspect is lucky the victim did not suffer any serious injuries.
“We’re definitely seeing it more and more, kids being left in the cars,” said Roy. “It is definitely dangerous and not ok.”
EMSA says they’ve responded to 40 cases since May.
That number is up from years past.
The suspect was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a charge of child neglect.