Sunday, June 27, 2010

Grandma arrested after kids left in hot car

A grandmother and her boyfriend face charges after police say they left her two small grandchildren alone inside a locked hot car in the parking lot of an outlet mall on Tuesday.

An off-duty Cincinnati police officer spotted the youngsters, 4 and 5, in the back seat of a four-door Pontiac about 4:50 p.m., according to Monroe police. The vehicle was parked outside Cincinnati Premium Outlets off northbound Interstate 75.

Windows on the driver’s sides of the vehicle were rolled down about 6 inches and all doors were locked. At that point in the day, the temperature was about 84 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

The off-duty officer waited several minutes to see if someone came back to the car. When no one did, she called Monroe police.

Both children were visibly hot. After a few minutes in the cool air, though, they seemed to be fine, police said.

About 20 minutes later, a man and a woman carrying shopping bags approached the Pontiac. They told police they had stopped to use the bathroom and were only at the mall a short time.

Officers didn’t buy it. They confronted the couple about the shopping bags and arrested them.

Dianna Taylor, 49, and Alvin Abney, 52, both of Dayton, were booked into the Warren County Jail on misdemeanor child endangering charges about 6 p.m.

Both were held overnight on $2,000 bond each. They are scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Thursday in Lebanon Municipal Court.

The children's mother was called to the mall parking lot to pick them up, police said.


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