Siblings charged after allegedly leaving niece, 2, inside hot car outside Merriam shopping center

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OLATHE, Kan. — A 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man have been charged in Johnson County with child endangerment after a small child was left abandoned inside a hot car in Merriam.

According to court documents Mylesha Anderson, 24, and Marques Anderson, 23, were each charged with one count of aggravated child endangerment after leaving a child under the age of 18 in a situation where the child’s life, body or health was injured or endangered. It is alleged they left their two-year-old niece inside of a hot car in a shopping center parking lot in Merriam, Kan.

Mylesha Anderson, 24, and Marques Anderson, 23
Mylesha Anderson, 24, and Marques Anderson, 23

A maintenance man, who works at an apartment complex near 51st and Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas, said he witnessed the arrest of Mylesha Anderson on Wednesday.

“I was just outside and then I saw all those FBI agents and cops fly across the parking lot and pull up behind her,” said the man, who asked to be called “Christian.”

He says around 2:30 p.m. he saw law enforcement officers arrest the 24-year-old woman outside the apartment building after she drove up in a silver car.

Around the same time police arrested Anderson’s 23-year-old brother, Marques Anderson, without incident.

By late afternoon, prosecutors charged the pair with felony aggravated endangerment of their two-year-old niece.

The suspect’s reportedly told detectives “they forgot” that they left their sleeping niece in the back seat of a  sweltering car last Saturday at a strip mall in Merriam when it felt like it was 110 degrees outside.

Police say a quick-thinking manager at a nearby Famous Footwear on Antioch Road ran, grabbed a tire iron and busted out a car window to rescue the sweat-dripping child.

“I am just glad that that woman did what she did to help that child. I would’ve done the same thing and then gave that baby a big hug,” said “Christian.”

On Wednesday FOX 4 spoke to a family member of the suspects, who says the incident was all a huge mistake.

The Andersons are each being held on a $25,000 bond. They are expected in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

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