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 wasnt running, the air conditioning wasnt on and the girls brown hair was sticking to her forehead. The windows were rolled down about 21/2 inches, Hooper said.
I wouldnt even leave my dog in the car in those conditions, much less a child, Hooper said.