Father jailed after leaving child in car for hours - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Father jailed after leaving child in car for hours

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FORREST CITY, AR (WMC-TV) - An Arkansas father faces felony charges of child endangerment after he left his 7-month-old baby alone inside his car Monday while attending class at a community college.

Police in Forrest City, Arkansas said the child was left alone for three hours in a car in a parking lot at East Arkansas Community College before students noticed.

"I guess he forgot the baby was in the car," student Arsenio Clinton said. "He was going to class. The police came so he came back outside. It was a big scene. That's when he realized the baby was in the car."

Officials at the Forrest City Police Department said they didn't investigate the case at the college.  Later, they did look into what happened, but did not say if they would file charges.  However, Action News 5 has learned the child's father, freshman nursing student Jeffrey Turley, was arrested and charged with a felony.

The baby's mother, Nyisha Siggers, said Turley likely forgot the child was in the car.

"He had to have forgot, because he wouldn't just leave her in the car like that," she said.

Siggers said Turley dropped her off at school, and he was supposed to leave the child at day care.

The child's grandmother, Jacqueline Barber, said Turley called her from jail.

"He was pretty upset about what happened," Baker said. "He was worried if we could get her back.

Family had to pick up the child at the Department of Human Services. Siggers said the baby was checked out at an emergency room and was not injured.

Turley remained in jail late Monday night.

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