Mum complains police car is 'too hot' after arrest for 'leaving child in hot car'

A woman who was arrested for leaving her child in a hot car has complained that the police car whe was placed into was “too hot”.

Police were called to a Dollar General store in South Daytona after a child was left locked in the back of a car, WSB-TV reports.

A witness said the boy was crying and screaming.

The five-year-old was in the car parked in direct sunlight, without shade and only had one window slightly open.

It was reportedly more than 40 degrees in the car. Source: WSB-TV

The South Daytona Fire Department said it was more than 41 degrees in the car.

His mother, Colleen Walker told police he was in the car for 12 minutes and said he wanted to sit there while she shopped.

But the store manager said she was shopping for about 30 minutes.

The boy was reportedly OK.

A fire fighter said the boy was lucky to be alive.

“We get cases and cases where, 10, 15 minutes the kid is dead,” the fire fighter said.

Police said as Walker was being driven to jail she told them it was “too hot.”

“She was complaining that the backseat of our patrol car was too hot on her way to the jail, and asked the officer to turn the AC up,” lieutenant Dan Dietrich said.

Walker is facing charges of child neglect and could face up to five years in jail.