A Bellevue mother was charged with child endangering after she left her 4-month-old infant in the car while she went shopping Tuesday.
At about 5 p.m. Tuesday two shoppers saw the infant in the vehicle parked in the lot outside a department store.
The shoppers called police and firefighters who arrived and retrieved the youngster via an unlocked passenger door.
"There's more than one danger," said Lt. Al Matthews of Perkins Township Police.
Witnesses said the infant was in back seat of the vehicle for at least 15 to 20 minutes and appeared to be breathing heavily.
The infant was also covered with a blanket that left the baby's face exposed to the sun, according to the police report.
The mother, Elise M. Spring, 36, 6900 block of County Road 175, Bellevue, was paged on the store intercom and came running out of the store shortly after rescue personnel arrived.
Spring told police the infant was in the car "for only a few minutes" while she went inside to buy baby formula, according to the police report. When asked why she left the baby inside, Spring said "she forgot the child was with her," the police report said.
The temperature at that time on Tuesday was recorded as 74 degrees, according to readings at the Register's weather station.
The vehicle's windows were all rolled up, Matthews said.
"I think (parents) do it because they think they can get in and out of the stores quickly," Matthew said. "It never seems to work out that way."
Spring was charged with child endangering and the infant was released to her.