Franklin police cite mom for leaving infant in car - WKRN News 2

Franklin police cite mom for leaving infant in car

Posted: Updated: June 18, 2012 09:34 PM
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

Franklin police cited a mother on Sunday after she left her infant unattended in a vehicle.

According to police, the 25-year-old mother left the baby in the unlocked car, which was left running, while she ran into a gas station.

Police told Nashville's News 2 the witness who reported the incident said the child had been in the car alone for at least five to seven minutes.

When police arrived to the scene minutes after receiving the call, the mother was still inside the convenience store.

She was cited with a Class B misdemeanor and a $200 fine.

Police said they will continue to be on the lookout for children left alone in cars and also ask community members to call 911 if they see a child left unattended in a motor vehicle.

"It's illegal to leave your child in the car, period," explained Sgt. Charles Warner with the Franklin Police Department.

He continued, "There are laws in place designed to protect kids that don't have a voice.  An infant child or toddler can't tell you, ‘Please don't leave me in the car.'"

Warner reminds all parents, in the state of Tennessee, it is illegal to leave a child under the age of seven unattended in a car.

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