Mother charged with leaving child in hot car

Security guards at Houston shopping center extract child from locked SUV

By Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - Security guards at a popular Houston shopping center had to work quickly to extract a 6-month-old child from a locked SUV.

A shopper walking through the parking lot at Meyerland Plaza heard the child screaming from inside the the vehicle.

"I looked in there and saw the baby, she had the baby in the car seat and she had the baby covered up," said Shevet Johnson.

Johnson alerted security guards and then recorded the incident on his cellphone. The video provided to Local 2 shows guards pulling down a back window that was left slightly cracked and then reaching into unlock the door. The guards are then seen pulling the child from the backseat of the SUV.

Local 2 Chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley said Houston temperatures reached 98 degrees Friday afternoon.

"You could tell the clothes was drenched and the baby was sweating and the baby was screaming," said Johnson.

Police said the child was left in the SUV alone for about 20 minutes while the mother was inside one of the stores. Johnson's video shows the child's mother walking out to the parking lot and dropping to her knees. She can be heard pleading with the guards to give her child back.

Security guards called for both paramedics and police. Officials with the District Attorney's Office said the mother was charged with child abandonment, but her name has not yet been released.

Officials with Child Protective Services said the baby has been released from the hospital and has been placed with a relative.

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