A Florida woman who was arrested for leaving her child in a hot car while she went shopping complained that the back of the police cruiser was too hot for her. According to WFTV, police were called to a Dollar General in South Daytona after witnesses spotted a 5-year-old boy sitting in a locked Hyundai alone, crying, screaming and sweating heavily. The front driver’s side window was down and both passenger’s side windows rolled up. The car was parked in direct sunlight, according to police. The child’s mother, 30-year-old Colleen Walker, told police the child wanted to stay in the car. “He wasn’t in the car for two hours, it was like, 12 minutes,” said Walker on a police dashcam video.
“Don’t get all huffy and puffy because I’m not going to feel bad for you. I don’t care,” a firefighter replied.
He went on to tell her that he sees numerous cases where a child dies after being in a hot car for 10 or 15 minutes. Surveillance video showed Walker in the store for about 30 minutes, along with her 3-year-old daughter.
The South Daytona Fire Department said the inside of the car was 107 degrees. The child’s vitals were okay after a health check.
Walker complained about the temperature of the police car as she was being driven to jail.
“She was complaining that the backseat of our patrol car was too hot on her way to the jail, and asked the officer to turn the AC up,” said Lt. Dan Dietrich.
"My side of the story is people need to mind their own [expletive] business, that's the side of the story,” Walker told Fox13.
She’s facing child neglect charges and could face up to five years in prison if convicted. According to FOX 35 in Orlando, Walker has been arrested previously for possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence.
[Volusia County Jail]