GREENVILLE, N.C. – A police officer rescued a 2-year-old boy from a hot car in Greenville while his mother was shopping at an Ulta store.
According to WNCT, the child’s mother, Ashley Caroline Garris, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Child Abuse and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Police arrived at the parking lot to find strangers trying to get the baby out of the car. Police Officer Elliot Gruhn was able to unlock the door by reaching his hand through the cracked window of the car. The child was in the back seat and secured in his car seat.
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Police said temperatures inside the car reached up to 116 degrees. Officer Elliot took the child inside a restaurant to cool him down. The mother had left the child in the car for about an hour while shopping.
DSS Child Protective services is now involved in the case and Garris has been prohibited from having contact with the child.