PEA RIDGE, Ark. (KNWA) — Two women were arrested in Pea Ridge on Sunday after allegedly leaving an infant inside a parked car.
Pea Ridge police say Karlee Spear, 21, and Ashlee Danley, 26, were taken into custody after Spear’s child was left unsupervised inside a vehicle in the Walmart Neighborhood Market parking lot while the women shopped.
Police say concerned bystanders broke the window of the vehicle and started to work to cool down the child in the Walmart deli before authorities arrived on the scene.
The infant was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Springdale. According to police, the child is in stable condition.
“The people that busted out that window to get that kid out of that car saved that kid’s life,” said Lieutenant Michael Lisenbee with the Pea Ridge Police Department. “If that kid had been in there another 10 or 15 minutes, we probably would be having a different conversation right now.”
Police said the two women had been in the store shopping for approximately 45 minutes. The heat index at the time was around 98 degrees.
According to authorities, Spears and Danley said they simply forgot the infant was in the backseat and went inside to go grocery shopping.
Both have been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.