ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Three people have been charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child after three young children were left in a hot car while the suspects dined at a fast food restaurant.
Investigators say on Sunday, July 10, a 30-year-old mother, a 57-year-old man and a 20-year-old man went inside the Fazoli’s in the 6400 block of Chippewa in south St. Louis. Less than a half hour later, Jessica Blackburn’s 18-month-old twin sons and 5-month-old baby already appeared to be dehydrated, were covered in sweat and crying.
One of the car windows was down, but the temperature at the time of the incident was 95 degrees, with a heat index of 113.
Police say the group ordered food and drinks to go, including a children’s drink. The group reportedly drank all of the beverages, including the children’s one.
A manager at the restaurant called police.
Witnesses reportedly told police that one of the 18-month-old boys stood on the driver’s seat and honked the horn trying to get his mother’s attention. The woman admitted she heard the horn, but did nothing.
Blackburn’s bond was set at $4,000. Bond for Justin Wright, 20, and Mark Shelton, 57, was set at $3,000.
The children were taken to an area hospital and diagnosed with hyperthermia. They were sweating profusely, dehydrated and vomiting from the heat.