Northeast Times

Mother arrested after leaving child in car

Wal­mart didn’t an­nounce her name over the store in­ter­com, but one Ol­ney moth­er got the at­ten­tion of plenty of shop­pers on Aug. 26 when she al­legedly left her year-old daugh­ter alone in­side a locked and sun-baked car for a half-hour or more.

Ac­cord­ing to broad­cast re­ports, wit­nesses in the North­east store’s park­ing lot, at 9745 Roosevelt Blvd., heard the baby’s screams at about 5:30 p.m. and sur­roun­ded the car. Some aler­ted em­ploy­ees and called 911, while oth­ers tried to break in­to the bur­gundy Nis­san Sen­tra to free the child. Out­side tem­per­at­ures were in the mid-80s at the time.

After po­lice ar­rived, Jas­mine In­gram, 24, of the 100 block of E. God­frey Ave., re­turned to the car and re­portedly locked her­self in­side with the baby. The wo­man even­tu­ally re­leased the child, then her­self as wit­nesses de­scribed the epis­ode to the as­sembled news me­dia.

One ob­serv­er re­por­ted that the child’s fath­er had left In­gram to watch the girl. Soon after the fath­er entered the store, however, In­gram aban­doned the child and entered the store, too, the wit­ness said.

Au­thor­it­ies took the girl to an area hos­pit­al for eval­u­ation. She was un­injured. Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit de­tect­ives ques­tioned In­gram that even­ing. Two days later, the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice charged In­gram with en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of a child and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment. She was re­leased from cus­tody on her own re­cog­niz­ance and is sched­uled for a pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing on Oct. 1 in Fam­ily Court. ••

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