The Commerce Police Department charged a Nicholson woman with reckless conduct after she left a 3-year-old boy locked in a car with the windows up while shopping at Ingles.
According to the arrest report, witnesses saw the child locked in the vehicle, noted that it was 84 degrees and rising and called 911.
Police arrived after Leslie Ann Hemphill, 43, of 176 Willard Pittman Road, Nicholson, came out of the store, unlocked the vehicle, started it and turned on the air conditioner, but the responding officer said the interior of the vehicle was still hot and the boy’s face was red.
The report said Hemphill told the officer she was in the store “no more than a few minutes,” and that “I just got one item and came right back.”
She also advised that she was on multiple medications for various problems. Police notified the Department of Family and Children Services of the incident, arrested Hemphill and turned the child over to a family member.
For an account of all the arrests made over the past week by the Commerce Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Banks County Sheriff's Office, see the Aug. 20 edition of The Commerce News.