South Carolina woman left napping toddler in hot car because he ‘gets grumpy’

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CLOVER, S.C. — A mother has been charged with child neglect after police say she left her 3-year-old child in a hot car Wednesday afternoon at a South Carolina grocery store.

According to WBTV, Sarah Ruth West, 23, was arrested Wednesday and charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

According to Clover police, a customer reported seeing the boy alone in a car with the windows up. The car was not running.

The witness told police the child was asleep, “red and sweating.”

The incident was reported to police and the staff at the Bi-Lo grocery store. Police say the witness spotted West leaving the store and entering the car that the child was in.

Police say the witness told West she had called someone about the child in the vehicle and said West left the store.

Investigators were able to get a description of the car from the witness and initiated a traffic stop.

After West was stopped, police say she told them she had left the child inside for “about five minutes” and that the child was sleeping. She told police the child gets grumpy and she did not want to wake the toddler.

The child did not need medical treatment and DSS placed the boy with another family member, according to Clover Police.

West was booked in the Moss Justice Center and is being held on a 10,000 bond.

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