OWASSO, Okla. – Video from a police officer’s body camera released this week shows a mother’s emotional reaction when she was confronted after leaving her 1-year-old daughter in a sweltering van parking in an Oklahoma Walmart parking lot.
The toddler survived the Tuesday incident although her temperature had risen above 100 degrees, paramedics said.
According to the police report, a responding firefighter told officers the temperature inside the car would have reached 120 to 138 degrees within 10 minutes of the door being closed.
The child’s mother was arrested for child abuse.
Police body camera footage showed the child’s mother, Hannah Secondi, wailing when confronted by an Owasso police officer.
“Oh God. Oh God. I can’t believe I did that. Oh my God. My husband’s going to kill me. Oh my God,” Secondi can be heard saying.
Secondi appeared to be with at least one other person at the time.
“Oh my God … she’s dead,” a woman off camera can be heard saying when the officer asked Secondi if she was the infant’s mother.
“No, she’s not,” the officer replied.
Secondi continued to cry and place her head into her hands as she held what appeared to be a receipt.
Secondi told officers the 1-year-old was inside the car for about 45 minutes and that she had forgotten her when she went into the store.
“If the baby had been unconscious or asleep, we would have had no idea,” Jedidiah Bizzell, who found the baby, said.
Bizzell and his girlfriend Chrysty Lansdowne located a door that was unlocked and saw that the child was covered in sweat. They then called 911.
“It’s not like she just, you know, ‘Oh, I just ran inside really quick. I completely forgot. The day has been crazy,’ and she was alone,” Lansdowne said. “There was more people with her. There was no reason why the baby should have been left in the car.”