North Texas mom arrested for leaving toddler in hot car


A Mesquite mother is out of jail after police say she left her 2-year-old daughter in a car while she went in to shop at Walmart.

Police arrested 26-year-old Schytique Jenkins for child endangerment. Detectives say someone called police Monday night after they found the child in the car around 8:15 p.m. Luckily, she was okay.

Police say the windows were slightly cracked, but it was 92 degrees outside at the time. And if it wasn't for the quick-thinking Walmart employees who saw the child in the car, the situation may have ended differently.

Police responded within one minute of the 911 call and were able to get the child out of the car without breaking the window.

"It's definitely a high priority for us when these kind of calls come out,” said Mesquite Police Sgt. Joseph Thompson. “We make sure we try to get there and help these people, help these kids that are in there. Thankfully, it doesn't happen very much here in mesquite, but it does happen. We want to make sure that the public knows that this is a real danger.”

Police say the child was checked out by paramedics and was hot, tired but conscious and otherwise fine. Police say Jenkins was in the store for about 20 minutes and came out at 8:34 p.m. She was arrested and taken to jail on the felony charge of abandoning a child.

The child was released to relatives. Police credit the Walmart employees for being aware of their surroundings, paying attention and helping to make a difference in potentially saving a child's life.

Jenkins was booked into the Mesquite Jail and was released Wednesday on a $10,000 bond.

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