Utah mother leaves 4-year-old boy in hot car as 'punishment' for misbehaving, arrested for child endangerment
The woman, identified as 28-year-old Jesica Lee Brown, was arrested and charged with child endangerment and child abuse
A woman from Utah was arrested on Tuesday after she left her four-year-old son in the car in scorching heat as "punishment," according to police.
The woman, identified as 28-year-old Jesica Lee Brown, was arrested and charged with child endangerment and child abuse after Draper City Police found her child was left alone inside the vehicle.
The authorities arrived at the Draper City Park around 9 pm on a call for a welfare check. Dispatch had reportedly told the officials that the young boy in the vehicle was in "time out" and had been left inside for "punishment purposes," according to KUTV.
Authorities in the arrest affidavit stated that the temperature at the time of their arrival was around 82 degrees Fahrenheit and the vehicle was not on at the time.
Brown, while speaking with police, said that her son was "acting out" and that is why she put him inside the locked car to teach him a lesson. The mother also acknowledged that she was aware that no one was inside the car with the boy.
An assisting officer who reported to the scene noted that the boy had puffy eyes, was sweating inside and had a hot forehead to the touch.
According to the arrest affidavit, Brown allegedly admitted to the authorities that she had been using meth and heroin. When officials got permission to search her bag, they found a syringe inside it.
Reports state that other drug paraphernalia was found at the scene that was consistent with heroin use.
It is not yet known how long the child was locked inside the vehicle.
However, the mother is believed to have told police that the needles found were unused and were placed in the back of the vehicle where the four-year-old had been sitting alone.