Rapid City woman charged with Felony Child Abuse for leaving child locked in pickup truck
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Police were dispatched at around 9:15 a.m. Monday to an residence near Flormann and Sixth Street to investigate a report of a child locked in a vehicle.
It was reported that the child had been in the pickup for around 2 hours with the windows rolled up. Upon arrival, police located the child in the pickup and found the child to be sweating profusely.
Out of concern for the child’s health, the officer broke the truck’s side window and removed them from the vehicle. The officer immediately provided water to the young child.
A medical unit arrived on scene and transported the child to the hospital. ER staff indicated that the situation was a life-threatening one for the child had no one intervened.
Meanwhile, police located the child’s legal guardian inside. She was placed under arrest for Felony Child Abuse and an existing warrant. The arrestee’s name is being withheld in an effort to protect the child victim’s identity under Marsy’s Law. The SD Department of Social Services arrived at the hospital to take over care for the child.
The RCPD reminds residents that with the weather getting warmer, it’s important to remember that children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach-life threatening levels, and leaving a window slightly open isn’t enough to reduce the risk.
Should you encounter a child or animal that appears to be in danger as a result of being in a hot car, call police immediately (911 for emergencies, 394-4131 for timely police assistance).