It’s pretty common knowledge that you shouldn’t leave pets in an extremely hot car without the window down, those that do are rightfully chastised and cop a fair bit of shit for being such a dummy. You’d think that common courtesy would extend to our own children, but judging from the recent antics of Florida woman Colleen Walker, we’ve still got a fair way to go.
Old mate Colleen is currently facing charges after police said she left her child in a hot car and then told police “it was hot” when she was later put into the back of a police cruiser. How’s that for Karma.
Police say that they arrived at a local dollar store to a 5-year-old sitting alone in a Hyundai parked in direct sunlight. Apparently, the front driver’s window was slightly down but both passenger windows were rolled up, making the car an inferno of lost dreams and humidity.
“He wasn’t in the car for two hours, it was like, 12 minutes,” Colleen told police as she charged out of the store.“Don’t get all huffy and puffy because I’m not going to feel bad for you. I don’t care,” came the firefighter’s excellent reply.
Surveillance footage from the store shows Colleen wandering around the store for 30 minutes as her child sweated buckets and called out for help. “We get cases and cases where, 10, 15 minutes the kid is dead,” the firefighter said.
On her way to jail, Colleen repeatedly asked if they could slap the air conditioning on as it was way ‘too hot’ for the poor soul. “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,” Lt. Dan Dietrich said.
She’s staring down the barrel at child neglect charges and was jailed on a $5,000 bail. She could see up to five years in prison if convicted.
There you go guys, if it’s hot leave the window down so your cute little dependants don’t die. Simple stuff.