ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabaster Police say officers and medics were called to the parking lot of a Dollar General store on 1st Street SW on the afternoon of Saturday July 2nd.
“We received a call from a citizen stating that they saw a baby in a car. Police and medics responded to the store, found the little baby that was in the car. Once the medics and police were on scene we then located the mother and then once the mother came out she unlocked the door for us. We’re investigating now whether or not, how long the baby was in the car. We know it was at least five minutes or more. That part of it is still under investigation,” said Lt. Grant Humphries, Alabaster Police Department.
Lt. Humphries says the child inside the car was only five months old. He says they are still working to pinpoint the precise temperature at the time, but it was hot enough that emergency responders considered it a life threatening situation.
“We’re still working on that, on exact temperature that day, but as we all know looking at the weather it was in the 90s, so we know it was in the 90s while the baby was in the car,” said Humphries. “I mean just a few minutes…everybody handles heat different, so just a few minutes here and there could make the difference in life or death.”
Humphries says it was the first situation of its kind this year in the city and had the best possible outcome.
“Oh yes as long as the baby was OK and treated. We found the baby was OK at this point. That’s what we want and that’s what we strive for, just to make sure everyone safe,” said Humphries.
First responders say the passerby who spotted the infant did the right thing by immediately calling for help.
“They did, they did. Any time you wonder, I mean if you’ve got to ask the question if you should call, go ahead and call just to make sure,” said Humphries. “Parents have to remember to take their kids out of the car. I mean even if it’s just for a minute anything can happen. ”
According to court records Deidre Nicole Williams was arrested and charged with Wilful Abuse of a Child.
She was booked in the Shelby County Jail on a $5,000 bond and bonded out the next day. Court records state that as a condition of her bond she can have no contact with the infant.
CBS 42 News attempted to reach Williams for comment, but were unsuccessful. At press time, court records did not list an attorney for her.