by: Ivie Macy, Ozarks First
A baby is recovering in the hospital after being rescued from a hot car.
Karlee Spear and Ashlee Danley face charges of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Police say they said they forgot about the baby and are remorseful.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon at a neighborhood market in Pea Ridge.
Police say customers ended up busting out the car window to get to the child.
The child was unresponsive and had to be cooled inside the Walmart.
Lieutenant Michael Lisenbee with the pea ridge police department says Arkansas has no laws that specifically say leaving a child unattended in a car is illegal, however, leaving a child in a car without the air conditioning running or just leaving the car running itself presents a danger.
Depending on the situation, various criminal charges like endangering the welfare of a minor can be applied.
Regardless of the situation, medical services need to be called first.
Bystander Michelle Holt and her husband rescued the baby.
“I want people to be more aware of their surroundings.” Says Holt. “I think that is some of the issues we have people want to mind their own business in most cases you should but if you’re walking through the parking lot just walk around if you see something that looks suspicious call it out and if you see a baby in a car I wouldn’t worry about a charge or anything — get the baby out.”
The Holts may be protected from any charges stemming from the break-in by the state’s Good Samaritan Laws.
The law protects people who in good faith lend emergency care or assistance at the scene from being held liable as long as the actions were not willful misconduct or grossly negligent.