Police: 3-year-old left in hot car had temperature of 113 degrees

Published: Jun. 20, 2018 at 2:18 PM EDT
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A mom is facing charges for allegedly leaving her child in a hot car unattended in Pikeville, Kentucky.

An officer with the Pikeville Police Department responded to a call Tuesday afternoon about a small child sitting in a parked vehicle alone.

The car was in a drugstore parking lot. It was about 3 p.m. when officers found a 3-year-old boy buckled into his car seat in the back of the car.

The front two windows were open according to investigators, but the back two windows (where the child was sitting) were closed.

Police say there were no adults around and the car was not running. There was no air conditioning on when officers arrived.

According to the arrest citation, the child had heavy sweat on his head and entire upper body.

Pikeville Police say the child's mom returned a short time later.

Tina Hamilton, 30, of Belcher, told police she was in the store getting a prescription filled.

According to the arrest citation, first responders took the little boy's temperature. It was 113 degrees inside the vehicle and 90 degrees after he was taken out of the vehicle.

Officers removed the child from the vehicle and placed him in the care of Pikeville Fire/EMS to be taken to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment.

After seeing the boy's temperature, police called the Division of Protection and Permanency. The agency took custody of the child.

Hamilton was charged with first degree wanton endangerment. She is in the Pike County Detention Center.