A 16-month-old girl was rushed to an Indianapolis hospital Saturday afternoon after her mother left her in a hot car outside a store for more than an hour as nearby Indianapolis hit a record high of 104 degrees, police said.
Police broke a side window of a Ford Explorer SUV to rescue the girl from extreme heat.
Fishers Police Public Information Officer Tom Weger said police were called to the parking lot of Simply Chic, in the 7800 block of East 96th Street, just off Interstate 69, a little after 3 p.m.
Weger said the girl began having seizures shortly after being taken inside an air-conditioned building.
"At the time that the window was broke, the inside temperature was 124 degrees," Weger said.
The girl was taken to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. Weger said he did not know her condition.
A message seeking comment from the hospital spokesman was left Saturday by The Associated Press.
The girl's mother, Meg Trueblood, 30, of Fishers, was found in the store and was arrested on a charge of felony neglect after investigators interviewed several witnesses in the store.
"She did not recognize the danger that she had placed her child in," Weger said. "This is a very, very dangerous situation, and we need to be more careful about where our children are. Use common sense about keeping them inside the car."
Department of Child Services spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland declined to comment on the case but said parents need to be fully aware of the consequences of leaving a child in extreme heat.
"DCS is required by law to step in, and they can remove the child from the home, because DCS' primary responsibility is to protect children," McFarland said.
If convicted, Trueblood could be receive a sentence of between six to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
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