KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two women are facing child endangerment charges after leaving a baby alone in a car on Thursday.
Jamila R. Scott, 21, and Jaylyn L. Lux, 24, each face 1st degree endangering the welfare of a child after they allegedly left a 9-month-old infant in a car while they shopped.
Records show that Scott and Lux entered Citi Trends in the Brywood Shopping Center on 63rd Street, leaving Scott’s infant niece alone inside the car around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
A bystander who had parked near the suspects’ car noticed the child inside, secured in a car seat with a window rolled down about six inches, reports said.
The child was seen sweating and the car was parked in direct sunlight. The bystander used her phone to check the temperature outside at the time, which read 86 degrees.
A store manager at Citi Trends was alerted to the situation and reportedly announced loudly to shoppers in the store, “There’s a baby in the car and I’m calling police!”
Police and emergency medical personnel arrived, at which point Scott and Lux came forward. The child was transported to Children’s Mercy Hospital for heat exhaustion and dehydration.
On questioning, Lux stated she was planning on getting one item from the store and wasn’t paying attention to Scott. Scott admitted to authorities that she knowingly left the child in the car.
Bond was set at $20,000 each.
The Olathe Police Department released this video, showing the reality of what sitting in a hot car can do, even for short amounts of time.