Ohio grandmother faces charges after 2-month-old found in hot car

A Preble County, Ohio grandmother faces charges after a two-month-old was found in a hot car. (WKEF/WRGT)

EATON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A Preble County grandmother has been charged after a two-month-old baby was left in a hot car in a Walmart parking lot.

Eaton Police told Fox 45 the baby was locked inside the car between 20 and 30 minutes when the outside temperature was 90 degrees on Wednesday.

"This is CSM Jennifer, Eaton Walmart, we have an infant in a car with the windows rolled up," the 911 caller told emergency dispatchers just after 7 p.m.

Police said the car windows were rolled up and the doors were locked.

"It's extremely dangerous; that car is going to heat up really fast," said Preble County Sheriff's Capt. Brad Moore. "Infant can break out in a rash, start sweating, hyperventilating."

Eaton Police responded to the 911 call, but according to their report, a medic smashed the window to rescue the child.

The child's grandmother, 59-year-old Vivian Floyd, was arrested and charged with child endangering.

According to the Eaton Police report, she didn't know the baby was in the car.

"Especially when you're talking about infants or children in the car, it starts with the caregiver," said Capt. Moore, "Not getting caught up in your phone and what you're getting at the grocery, where you're going to buy this."

Moore showed Fox 45's Kelly May the easy way you could break in and save a life when a child is locked in a hot car.

"This is your typical window punch that I carry, it's only like $1.99," Moore said, explaining the pen-sized, spring-loaded contraption that he got from a police supply website.

"You pull it back, you hit it, it hits the window, it shatters," he said.

In Ohio, a law signed in 2016 says Good Samaritans can break in if they can prove the child or animal is in danger and call 911 first.

Fox 45 reached out to Floyd and the child's mother but they did not want to talk.

Eaton Police said the infant was taken to a Preble County Hospital but is OK.

"It could have been a lot worse," said Capt. Moore.

Moore also said if you can't smash the window in, stand in a way that blocks direct sunlight onto the child or pour cold water over the car and windows to help cool the temperature down.

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