Six-months in jail for 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 sentenced to six months in jail on Thursday, followed by 12 months of probation.
The 25-year-old had planned to enter a plea when her brother did in February, but then apparently decided to go to trial because she could not reach an agreement with prosecutors. Then, three months later she entered a guilty plea to child endangerment and on Thursday, received the six month jail sentence.
In February, Marques Anderson, 24, 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.
Johnson County prosecutors recommended no fine or additional shock-time for Mylesha Anderson.