Mom arrested after baby found in car with temps at 130 degrees

SLIDELL -- The Slidell Police Department arrested a woman Tuesday for forgetting her five-week-old infant in the car while the car temperature reached over 130 degrees.

Police had to break in after seeing the infant was trapped inside the car at a local strip mall. Police said after they broke into the car, the infant was unresponsive. The infant, however, was rushed to the hospital and revived. The infant is now in good health, according to police.

After saving the infant from the overheated car, police said they arrested Gloria Elzy, 44 of Slidell, for felony second degree cruelty to juveniles.

"With all the media attention on this type of issue," said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith, "it's mindboggling to me that someone can leave, better yet, forget, about a child inside of a vehicle."

Police responded to the situation after a citizen called 911 upon seeing the infant locked in the car. With the temperature over 90 degrees outside, police said they made the decision to break into the car.

After breaking into the car, the infant was unresponsive, sweating profusely and had internal temperatures that were at a deadly level. Police said the temperature inside the car was over 130 degrees and that the infant was left in the car for more than 30 minutes. The infant was rushed to hospital and was revived.

Police also said that Elzy came running out the store when she saw officers standing around her car. She said she dropped off her other children at a friend's house, and totally forgot to take her five-week-old infant out of the car.

"If the citizen wouldn't have immediately called Slidell Police," said Smith "and Officer Funck didn't act quickly, the baby would not have survived. They are both heroes in my book."

Elzy was also booked for a failure to appear warrant. Elzy is being held at the Slidell City Jail.


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