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Goose Creek woman cited for leaving infant in hot car

Aug 10, 2010 12:19:00 PM - thestate.com
Had she not dropped her keys in the middle of the Walmart parking lot, Tammy Hooper would probably have never noticed the 17-month-old child sweating in the back seat of a parked Dodge Neon.

The mother of five from Moncks Corner waved to the girl as she sat in the backseat of the car, drinking from a cup.

“I looked up to tell the parents what a cute baby they have, but when I looked around, there was no parent,” Hooper said.

Hooper said she quickly realized something was wrong. It was about 11:45 a.m. Friday and the temperature was 91 degrees, according to a police report. The car wasn’t running, the air conditioning wasn’t on and the girl’s brown hair was sticking to her forehead. The windows were rolled down about 21/2 inches, Hooper said.

“I wouldn’t even leave my dog in the car in those conditions, much less a child,” Hooper said.