South Daytona, FL - A Florida mom was arrested for leaving her child locked in a hot car, and then complained that the back of the patrol car was too hot.
According to WSB-TV, police were called to a Dollar General store for a child left unattended in a locked vehicle last week.
When officers arrived, they found a 5-year-old in the car, which was parked in direct sunlight, with the driver's side window rolled down.
The 5-year-old boy appeared upset and was sweating profusely, according to the report. The back of the car measured at 110 degrees.
The witness who called 911 said that the child had been left in the car for about 20 minutes, and that he was crying and screaming. The store manager said that the mother, Colleen Walker had been in the store for about 30 minutes with her other child.
Firefighters were called to check on the health of the 5-year-old.
“He wasn’t in the car for two hours, it was like, 12 minutes,” Walker told firefighters.
“Don’t get all huffy and puffy because I’m not going to feel bad for you. I don’t care,” the firefighter said.
"We get cases, and cases, and cases, where 10 - 15 minutes, the kid's dead. You would never see your kid ever again and then [your daughter] would be taken away too," the firefighter continued.
South Daytona Police arrested Colleen Walker and released the children to her husband.
While on the way to the jail, Walker complained that the back of the patrol car was too hot, and asked the officer to turn the air conditioning up.
Walker faces up to five years in prison as a maximum sentence, but it's unlikely she'll get any significant jail time.
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