KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A group of strangers stepped in when they saw a child left in a hot car while the child's mother shopped in Kansas City.now the mother has been charged with second-degree child endangerment, a misdemeanor.
A report from the Kansas City, MO, Police Department said officers were called to a Game Stop location, located just southeast of Interstate 29 and Missouri Route 152, about 7 p.m. Monday.
When they got to the area, police were called to the nearby Chipotle where they were told people were fighting. Tiquana S. Pasco, 29, was found yelling near the front door, claiming someone had her daughter, but police say she was belligerent and didn't follow orders from police.
Witnesses say it began when they found a young child sitting in her car seat alone. The car was not running and the windows were partly down. A couple of witnesses began looking for the child's parent and one of them called police. They said they could see the 20-month-old girl sweating.
Finally, a witness opened the unlocked door and took the child out of the car and went to take the child into the air conditioning at Chipotle. It was then that witnesses told police that the girl's mother, later identified as Pasco, came out of the Game Stop store and began shouting that they were taking her daughter.
The officer's report said that the witnesses told Pasco to calm down and that they had called police, but she responded that they should give her daughter back to her so they can leave. Witnesses then said that Pasco approached them and tried to pull the little girl from their arms.
When the witnesses walked back into Chipotle, they said Pasco followed them, pushed and hit the man who stood between her and the woman holding her child, demanding that they return her. Pasco also punched the man and tore his shirt, police said.
Other people jumped in and got between Pasco and the man and held the mother to the ground until police arrived.
"As I escorted her out of the restaurant, she (the mother) said that she left her (the child) in the car since she was asleep," police wrote in their report.
The police report said they checked the thermometer in their patrol car when they got the call and it read 89 degrees.
"Sadly, we know all too well that leaving a child in a car can have tragic consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the outside temperature is just 83°, the temperature inside a car can reach 109° F in 15 minutes, even with the window rolled down two inches," Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a written release.
The little girl was checked out by EMS at the scene and released to a godparent. The mother was taken to headquarter's detention and booked on an investigative hold. If convicted of child endangerment, Pasco faces up to a year in jail. She is currently being held in lieu of a $1,500 cash or surety bond.