NH mom accused of leaving daughter in hot car
GOFFSTOWN, N.H. (WHDH) -- A New Hampshire mother is facing charges after she allegedly left her 2-year-old daughter inside a hot car with the temperature reaching more than 100 degrees inside.
Police estimate it was about 105 to 110 degrees inside the van. Police said Sarah Jordan, 25, left her daughter in a Hannaford’s parking lot around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
“In that type of heat with no ventilation, it’s extremely hot and I think it would be hot for anybody, whether it’s a young child or a middle-aged adult,” said Lt. Pierre Pouliot of the Goffstown Police Department.
Authorities said they unlocked the door and took the child out. They said she was warm, but seemed to be fine otherwise. Her mother was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Jordan told police she had gone inside with her other daughter, a 7 year old, and had forgotten about her toddler.
“It seemed like she was just -- a lot going on and she just forgot the child was with her and was visibly upset when she learned that her child was inside the car,” said Pouliot.
She told police she had been inside the store for about 10 minutes.
“I couldn’t believe it. He was sound asleep and I pulled him out of the car and carried him through the store. You don’t just leave your kid in the car,” said Paula Phillips, referring to her son.
“I’ve forgotten my kids in the car before. I’ll admit that, but it’s just for a brief second and then you turn around and get them,” said Dan Dobe.
Police said it’s important for everyone, especially during a heat way, to be especially cognizant of their surroundings.