‘Too hot,' says South Daytona mother on way to jail after child left in 107-degree car, police say

by: WFTV Web Staff Updated:

SOUTH DAYTONA, Fla. - A woman is facing charges after police said she left her child in a hot car and then told police “it was hot” when she was put into the back of a police cruiser, according to a report.

Police were called to the Dollar General on South Ridewood Avenue in South Daytona last week for a report of a child left in a vehicle.

They said they found a 5-year-old sitting in a locked Hyundai alone, with the front driver’s side window down and both passenger’s side windows rolled up.

The driver rear-side window was slightly open, a report said.

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The car was parked in direct sunlight without any shade, according to police.

Police said the child appeared upset and was sweating profusely.

When the child’s mother, Colleen Walker, 30, walked out of the store, she told police the child had been in the vehicle for 12 minutes and wanted to stay in the car while she shopped.

Police dashcam video captured the interaction between Walker, officers and firefighters.

“He wasn’t in the car for two hours, it was like, 12 minutes,” said Walker.

“Don’t get all huffy and puffy because I’m not going to feel bad for you. I don’t care,” said the firefighter.

The witness who called 911 said the child was left for about 20 minutes and that the child was crying and screaming.

The manager of the store told police Walker has been walking around the store for nearly 30 minutes.

Surveillance video showed Walker in the store for about 30 minutes with her 3-year-old daughter.

A firefighter told Walker her son was lucky to be alive.

“We get cases and cases where, 10, 15 minutes the kid is dead,” said the firefighter.

The South Daytona Fire Department checked the temperature of the vehicle, which was 107 degrees.

The child’s vitals were checked and he was OK.

Police said while she was being driven to jail, Walker told officers to put on the air conditioning because it was “too hot.”

“She was complaining that the backseat of our patrol car was too hot on her way to the jail, and asked the officer to turn the AC up,” said Lt. Dan Dietrich.

She’s facing child neglect charges and was jailed on a $5,000 bond. 

Walker could face up to five years in prison if convicted.