GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A mom is facing child abuse charges after she reportedly left an infant in a hot car for 20 minutes, police said.
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Police say they were called around noon Sunday to the Teller Arms shopping center on North Avenue in Grand Junction for a 6-month-old child left in a car. The caller reported she found the child screaming and unattended.
According to a police report, Crystal Chapman, 28, of Provo, Utah, said she forgot she brought the child with her to the store that day. Chapman reportedly told police she was in the store for 10 minutes, but surveillance video showed she was inside for 20 minutes.
The outside temperature was between 87 and 92 degrees, police noted in their report.
Paramedics said they checked the child out and will be okay.
Chapman is expected to be in court on July 18.
"Within minutes it's going to soar past 100 degrees in your vehicle even if you parked in the shade, even if you have your window cracked. You cannot leave your child or your pet in the vehicle unattended it's not safe for them,” said Heidi Davidson, a spokesperson with the Grand Junction Police Department.
Police say if you see a child left alone in a hot car, call 911 immediately.
Experts say to make sure you check the backseat before you leave the car or make it a habit of leaving your purse or cell phone there to remind you.