A Kansas City woman was accused Tuesday of leaving her 20-month-old daughter unattended inside a car Monday night.
Platte County prosecutors charged 29-year-old Tiquana S. Pasco with a misdemeanor count of child endangerment.
According to court documents, Pasco had gone into a store in the 8600 block of North Boardwalk Avenue to return an item.
Several other people saw the baby in a car seat in the car. The windows were rolled down a few inches, but the witnesses noticed that the baby was sweating, according to court documents.
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The witnesses spent several minutes trying to find a parent before they called police and took the girl out of the unlocked car. A few minutes later, Pasco came out and began yelling that someone had taken her child. She tried to take the child from the witness holding her, who refused and told her to wait until police arrived.
One witness took the child into a nearby store to cool off. The baby vomited several times, the witness told police. Pasco allegedly punched one of the witnesses and ripped his shirt before police arrived.
Paramedics checked the girl, who was released to the custody of a relative.
The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Monday. A police officer reported that the thermometer on his squad car showed that the outside air temperature was 89 degrees.
“Sadly, we know all too well that leaving a child in a car can have tragic consequences,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a written statement. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the outside temperature is just 83 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 109 degrees F in 15 minutes, even with the window rolled down 2 inches.”