The body camera of a police officer captured the moment when a mother was told her child has died after being left in the car during a Walmart shopping trip. The woman in question had left her infant daughter in her car in Owasso Oklahoma as her and her passengers went into the store to shop. The baby was found sweating and making noise in the back seat by Chrysty Lansdowne and her boyfriend Jedidiah Bizzell. The couple called 911 immediately and luckily found an unlocked door to retrieve the child. The child’s temperature was well over 100 degrees when she was found. “There was more people with her, there was no reason why the baby should have been left in the car” said Chrysty Lansdowne.
The incident was captured on a police officer’s body camera, as the officer asked if the woman was the mother of the child in question, another person tells the mother that her child is dead, to which the police officer responds by assuring the hysterical woman that her child is indeed alive. The video has spurred more discussion about the near epidemic issue of babies being left in hot cars. Many viewers have called the mother’s reaction faked, with many saying that they feel this wasn’t a case of a forgetful mind but rather done on purpose. The woman has been arrested and charged with child neglect, bail is set at $50,000. The child is now safe and sound in the custody of her father. The video of the event can be seen here.
This isn’t the first time that a parent has forgotten their child in a car, as more reports come in of this happening, some stores such as Walmart have taken to putting up posters at the entrance to remind parents to bring their children in the store with them. According to kidsandcars.org an average of 38 children die each year due to vehicular heat stroke. While this child is thankfully alive, many more will not be as lucky. If you see a child unattended in a car, immediately call 911 and alert the store if you can. A child does in a hot car on an average of every 9 days in the United States. Always take immediate action, alert authorities and if dire, find a way into the car to retrieve the child. Alerting others of this issue and staying vigilant can help save a life.