Grandmother Heads To Court On Charges Of Leaving Infant Inside Hot Car

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

A Berea woman charged with leaving a four-month-old infant inside a hot car Saturday headed to court on Monday.

Berea Police say Wal-Mart employees noticed the child inside the car with the windows rolled up and doors locked.

They called police. Officers got the child out and then met with the grandmother after she came out of the store. The temperature at the time was in the upper 80's, but police tell us that the inside of the car was likely well over 100 degrees.

41-year-old Tammy Gorman was arrested and charged with 2nd degree wanton endangerment.

The infant is okay and is back with his mother. The child's mother says it was a simple mistake and that Gorman would never intentionally hurt the child. She says she probably just forgot the baby was in the car.

Gorman's $7,500 bond was reduced to $5,000 at 10 percent.

At her video arraignment on Monday morning, Gorman had a not guilty plea entered on her behalf.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 1.

Gorman is is not allowed to see the infant unsupervised.


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  • by alexis Location: palm beach on Jul 31, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    i think that she should go to jail and be there for life thats very sad.
  • by YeahRight Location: Pike on Jul 28, 2008 at 06:38 PM
    Seriously Deb, The Dad didn't do anything, I have a child, and my mother asked to babysit her while I was at work, but she never forgot my child was with her, if she did it would be HER fault not my daughter dad, yes it is hard, I understand, but Deb if you can't handle babysitting, don't put that child at risk by doing so. Also, don't go judging these peoples situation until you know what it is, the story doesn't say anything about the father, how old the mother is, or why the child was with the grandmother, so get your facts straight before you go off on a rant.
  • by Sherry on Jul 25, 2008 at 04:35 PM
    Don't blame the dad Deb he didn't leave the baby in a hot car. Even though he's not around don't make this his fault. Why are you bringing up the dad anyway??? Granny left the baby in the car. He could be a dead beat dad. Don't know don't care. Again Dad didn't leave baby alone in the hot car.
  • by CONCERNED Location: LEXINGTON on Jul 23, 2008 at 11:11 AM
    Anyone that can forget a child does not need to be babysitting. I know people are busy sometime, but I have never forgot and left a child in a car. if you are that forgetful leave something in the front seat to remind you that you have a child with you. I think its just totally incondiderant.
  • by carol Location: lexingotn on Jul 23, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    There is no excuse, I don't care who you are if you are that simple minded you do not need to have access to any child.
  • by deb Location: ky on Jul 23, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    There are so many girls having babies and depending on the grandparents to take care of them, and people let me tell you its harder than you know! I do this everyday, my daughter works, and the child has a dead-beat dad that shares zero responsibilities, even down to 162.00 per month child support! Its the hardest thing I ever done, and my mind has slipped a time or two, not leaving a child in a hot car, but slipped all the same. Untill you have been there and done it, dont knock it! Mabe the law should pay attention to where and what the dad was doing!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    The story is all to familiar...It was a mistake?? I forgot I had a baby in the car with me?? Come on people don't insult our intelligence....
  • by Sick of channel 27 Location: Lexington on Jul 23, 2008 at 01:17 AM
    It's easy to judge someone when you don't know what led to this situation. I am sure that the grandmother is very remorseful and I am glad that the child is okay. People make stupid mistakes every day and I am sure no one writing is immune. Let's not be judge and jury until all the facts are in. Also, the ignorance flowing through this commentary is palpable. No one on here knows how to spell...Sad.
  • by Missy Location: Paintsville, Ky on Jul 22, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    After shopping on a hot summer day with my new born for 5 months old. I unlocked my car door,hit the back door locks, and put my baby in her car seat, striped her in, and thinking of her safty I hit the door lock and shut the door. O'My God the key's were in the front passager seat of the car. My mistake..a big one, I startied yelling for anyone with a cell phone to call 911. The police and EMT's got there in less than 4 mins and unlocked my car. She was ok, but she was dripping with swet. I was crying the whole time and telling them to brake the window if they could not get it unlocked. Another Officer had already went into the store and checked the video tape an saw that I was telling the truth that it was a mistake.They told me, that I acted quickly enough, and because I did not leave her, that they were not arresting me.They told me what I did was not child endangerment,it was a careless mistake, but that I acted quickly to get help.What this lady was no mistake she went shopping?
  • by Sharon Location: Ky. on Jul 22, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    I am so glad that these people found the baby and reported it. Thank God this child will get another chance. These people are true HEROES. If this woman is so forgetful then someone needs to be taking care of her. She should'nt be taking care of a baby.

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