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.
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