Mother arrested after leaving 3-month-old baby in hot car, police say

08/05/2014 10:03 PM

08/05/2014 10:30 PM

A 3-month-old boy was rushed to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was apparently left unattended in a vehicle parked in a grocery store parking lot, the Atwater Police Department reported.

The child’s mother, Amanda R. Sagmiller, 26, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, a felony, Lt. Samuel Joseph said.

Officers responded at 3:48 p.m. to a parking lot in the 2800 block of Shaffer Road and found the infant in a locked 1999 purple Dodge Caravan, with its windows rolled up. “The unattended child was extremely lethargic and was soaked with perspiration and slow in responding,” Joseph said.

Sagmiller came back to the car while officers were on scene, police said. Joseph said the investigation was still underway late Tuesday and some details were unclear, including the reason the child was left inside the vehicle.

Witnesses told police the child was alone inside the vehicle for about 30 to 40 minutes. Temperatures in Atwater reached 91 degrees by 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

The child was taken to a Merced hospital where he was treated. Police said he would be placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. Police discovered Sagmiller was wanted on at least two warrants, which were listed as misdemeanors, according to Merced County Jail records.

She was still in custody late Tuesday with bail set at $130,000.

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