Mom allegedly punches man who saved her child from hot car

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri mom allegedly punched a man who is responsible for removing her daughter from a hot car, according to WDAF.

Witnesses outside a Chipotle in Kansas City noticed the two-year-old girl inside an unlocked vehicle around 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to the report. The vehicle’s windows were partly rolled down

The girl was in a car seat and “wet with perspiration,” witnesses told WDAF.

Jeremy Welch had just finished dinner at Chipotle when he saw the girl in the vehicle and was unable to locate her parents.

“We had dinner, we came out and I noticed as I passed a car parked in a handicapped spot that there was a child in the backseat. She was unattended, the windows were cracked, it was 91 degrees out and she was sweating profusely,” Jeremy Welch told WDAF. “Finally my wife said, ‘the little girl can’t stay in there.’ She opened the car and pulled the child out.”

Welch and other witnesses immediately took the child inside the restaurant where she could cool off.

Moments later, the child’s mother, Tiquana Pasco, 29, of Kansas City, Mo., emerged from a nearby Game Stop store and began yelling at the people to return her child. The witnesses stayed inside the restaurant with the child while waiting for police to arrive.

Pasco began yelling and demanding they return her child. KCTV is reporting Pasco punched Welch during the altercation.

Pasco told officers she was inside Game Stop for “three to four minutes” before she came out and found a stranger holding her child. She admitted to getting into a “scuffle” with the eyewitnesses but told police she was “totally wrong for leaving her in the car.”

Pasco told police she left the child in the car because she was asleep.

On Tuesday, Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd filed a class A misdemeanor charge of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. The child was placed in the care of a family member, according to WDAF.

Read more: WDAF

10 comments

  • bella07

    If she had been in the car much longer she would have been asleep forever! This mother sounds like a real low class person.I hope the guy presses charges for assault as well.

  • Suzie

    If she had been in the car only three or four minutes, she wouldn’t have been sweating profusely. The mom is suspect.

    • Justin

      I believe there are several pieces of evidence in this story that accuses the mother of questionable character.
      1) An infant–not a child–is left is a car during the summer months.
      2) Mother has parked her car in a handicapped spot and not handicapped herself.
      3) Mother is shopping in a Game Stop? It obviously isn’t to get milk for the baby.
      4) Mother attempts to YANK the baby out of the strangers hand rather than wait for police.
      5) Mother is reported to have physically struck the man protecting the baby.

      Is there no doubt that a hearing needs to take place to determine if this child is safe to be in her mother’s custody?

  • Linda Walker

    Working cases with dead children is not a happy job. Congrats to the man rescuing the child before it became a fatality. Give the man a medal and send her a strong warning that children should be attended to at ALL times.

  • Curious

    I’m glad this was a Good Samaritan and not a kidnapper or the story would have a completely different ending. This, and the avoidance of using car safety seats for their children is a very common problem among women today. In Winston-Salem I often see lower and middle class women lacking good common sense when it comes to their kids. They don’t put them in car seats, they allow toddlers to wander stores unaccompanied and they don’t dress their kids according to the weather. We are paying the price for producing an entire generation of women raised by daycares and preschools instead of their own families.

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