As temperatures bubbled near the 100-degree mark late Tuesday, investigators with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office discovered an infant accidentally left outside in a car in Newark.
Investigators were patrolling Newark on an unrelated case when they noticed the car in the 500 block of Central Street.
“They noticed an open door on a car,” said Sheriff David Walker. “They looked a little closer, and there was a little kid in there.”
They found an 11-month-old boy inside, strapped in a car seat. They contacted the parents who were inside the house who said it was an accident. The child had been in the car for about an hour before officers found him.
“The parents had picked up the kid from daycare,” Walker said. “They went to get snow cones and pick up some groceries. When they got home and unloaded the groceries, they forgot to bring the child inside.”
Temperatures reached 99 degrees Fahrenheit that day and were still in the high 90s when investigators discovered the child about 7:30 p.m. Wise County medics were called to the scene. They found the baby uninjured. Child Protective Services was notified.
“Thank goodness the door on the car was open and the baby wasn’t out there any longer,” Walker said. “It could have resulted in a terrible tragedy.”
The case is under investigation, and Walker said child neglect charges could be filed.