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Indiana Parents Arrested after Leaving Two Kids in Hot Car; Kids Rescued and Rushed to Hospital after Extreme Heat Episode

Indiana Parents Arrested after Leaving Two Kids in Hot Car; Kids Rescued and Rushed to Hospital after Extreme Heat Episode

An Indianapolis couple is facing charges of child neglect for allegedly leaving their two children locked in their SUV without air conditioning on a hot day while they went shopping at Walmart, according to police.

According to court documents, the Lawrence police have estimated that the temperature inside the Ford SUV had reached a scorching 125 degrees when a passerby discovered the children in the parking lot. The concerned individual immediately dialed 911 around 7 p.m.

A couple in their early thirties, Mirianne Pierre and Watson Joseph, have been taken into custody and are now being held at the Marion County jail. They are facing charges of neglecting their dependent children, according to the report. According to online records, both individuals have posted bond following their arrest on Monday.

According to the outlet, one of the two children was perspiring heavily from the head and neck when they were rescued, while the other seemed disoriented. According to the police, both individuals were placed in the custody of the Department of Child Services.

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Upon reaching their vehicle, both parents were met by the police, who noted their apparent confusion regarding the situation, as stated in a probable cause affidavit reviewed by Law & Crime.

Pierre allegedly informed detectives that she spent some time in the store, while Joseph accompanied her to assist with carrying some bulky items. According to the documents, she stated that her SUV continued running for an extra five minutes even without the key nearby.

However, after examining surveillance footage, authorities discovered that the couple entered the store at approximately 6:27 p.m. During this time, the children were left unattended for a duration of 45 minutes, as stated in the affidavit.

Paramedics assessed the children on-site and confirmed that they were in good health, although they did have higher than normal blood pressure for their ages, according to the FOX News.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) did not conduct an investigation, but they did issue a reminder to parents about the importance of never leaving children unattended in vehicles.

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