Child neglect suspect leaves infant in car 45 minutes

Carolyn Little (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Carolyn Little (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – A Little River woman is facing charges after witnesses say she left her child in a hot car for close to an hour while shopping in Walmart.

A witness first spotted the child in the car unattended around 10 p.m. Saturday night, and reported to police that the windows were rolled up and the doors locked as the 6-month-old remained strapped into a car seat.

The incident report from the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety states the child was still in the car at 10:45 p.m. when police were called to the scene, observing that the temperature outside was 81 degrees.

The temperature inside the car is unknown.

Walmart employees paged the child's mother, 18-year-old Carolyn Tess Little of Little River, who confesses she thought the windows were down when she entered the store nearly an hour before.

Little reports that she considered taking the baby inside, but decided against it.

Little was taken into custody and charged with child neglect. Booking records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center show she was released from custody Sunday afternoon on a $5,000 bond.

Pat Dowling, spokesman for the City of North Myrtle Beach, recalls that the 6-month-old was released to a family member after the arrest.

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