Woman arrested for leaving child in hot car while in Walmart
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrested 33-year-old Tarsha Wright for leaving her child in a hot car for over 30 minutes.
The incident occurred at the Walmart in the 9300 block of Cortana Place around 5 p.m. when witnesses saw Wright exit her car and walk around to the back passenger side. Wright opened and then closed the door and went inside the store.
According to the EBR Sheriff’s Office, witnesses walked passed the car and saw a child inside of the car with all of the windows up.
An EBRSO officer checked the car to find the child inside and noted that it was around 74 degrees outside at the time. Baton Rouge Fire Department assisted in opening the car door and safely removed the child.
According to EBRSO, the child’s clothes were moist with sweat.
After the child was removed from the car, Wright exited the store 37 minutes later, according to the EBR Sheriff’s Office.
Upon her arrest, Wright said that she left her baby in the car to go into the store “for a minute.” She later stated that she “accidentally” left her child in the car.
Wright was arrested for child desertion and was booked into EBR Parish Prison.