Jury to decide case of woman whose baby cousin was rescued from hot car while she was inside store
OLATHE, Kan. — The woman accused of leaving her two-year-old cousin in a hot car in Merriam last summer was expected to enter a plea agreement in Johnson County Court on Thursday, but instead Mylesha Anderson’s lawyer told the judge they could not reach an agreement with prosecutors. With that, the judge set Anderson’s case to go to a jury trial on June 6.
The 24-year-old appeared in court accompanied by her mother and grandmother. After the hearing, FOX 4’s Robert Townsend approached Anderson for comment but she said she had ‘no comment right now and looks forward to her trial.’
Anderson is charged with one felony count of aggravated child endangerment. Last week her brother Marques Anderson, 23, received one year probation for the same charge.
“I feel really lucky today,” said Marques Anderson, 23, as he left the Johnson County courthouse on Wednesday, Feb. 10 knowing he could have faced seven months of jail time.
Police said that the siblings were inside a cell phone store at a strip mall near Johnson Drive and Antioch Road while the little girl baked in the car. People shopping and working in the area saw the child crying and sweating and broke the car window.
The incident was captured by a bystander on a cell-phone video, showing the frantic effort to rescue her. The woman who used a tire iron to break the window was later recognized with an award for saving the child.
Mylesha Anderson is currently free on bond. Jurors in her trial are expected to be selected at a pre-trial hearing on June 2, if attorneys do not agree on a plea beforehand.