Little Rock mother accused of leaving kids in hot car. (KATV Photo)
Little Rock (KATV) —
A Little Rock mother is behind bars this evening after she was arrested in a Kroger parking lot Tuesday evening.
That woman is accused of leaving two of her children inside of a car while she went shopping.
According to the police report, 30-year-old Nirvonna King left her children inside of the car for at least 9 minutes.
“Thankfully, those kids will be fine and no death resulted,” said Lt. Steve McClanahan with the Little Rock Police Department.
King told police she was running into the store to get her children chips and juice.
Police say while King was in the store, her children, a 2-year-old and 8-year-old, were in the car with the windows up and the car was not running.
A bystander noticed the children inside of the hot car and yelled for help and eventually convinced one of the children to unlock the car door. The women then fanned the children while a Kroger employee got the children water while they waited for police and MEMS.
“It’s very frustrating because these thing can be prevented. They are preventable. First, call 911. Second, you are in total right to break the window if you see a child struggling. You can do that to save the life of a child or animal. That is acceptable,” said McClanahan.
A first responder reported that one of the children had a temperature of 102 degrees, just two degrees shy of what causes a heat stroke.
King is facing charges of two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.