Police cite woman for leaving four kids in minivan - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police cite woman for leaving four kids in minivan

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MILLINGTON, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis woman was cited for leaving four kids in a minivan Saturday in Millington.

According to Millington Police, 35-year-old Linda Jones was cited for four counts of leaving a child unattended in a vehicle Saturday afternoon. The four kids, ranging from under 1 to 8 years old, were inside a minivan in the Kroger parking lot when someone called police.

When they arrived, she was cited but not arrested. The kids are okay, but many parents say you should never leave a child or a pet in the car on a hot day.

"I don't know how people can forget their kids in a car. It's just simple, they are screaming and hollering anyways, so when you get somewhere they wanna go with you. So it's just crazy,” said Micaha Crutchfield.

"You cut off the car and you bring your child with them. There is no excuse not to. Especially when it's this hot. Even when it's 60 degrees outside you bring them with you,” said Samantha Hooker.

Just last week, Arizona Cardinals' player Tyrann Mathieu sat in a hot car for less than 10 minutes before he got out. The temperature rose to 120 degrees and he was covered in sweat.  

That experiment led the WMC Action News 5 investigators to one of their own. We placed a sheet of chocolate chip cookies on the dash of a car in the parking lot. More than five hours later, the cookies were baked and ready to eat.

The temperature in the car was as high as 140 degrees at one point in the day. This is an important reminder just how dangerously hot it is outside during a heat advisory or warning.

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