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Police: Mom left kid in car while shopping

By: Tim Johnston
By: Tim Johnston
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The sun beat down, and at two o'clock Sunday afternoon, the mercury was hovering in the mid-80s.

"It's hot just walking back and forth. I mean I'd say it's probably in the 90s, it's hot to touch everything," said shopper J.P. Wooley, of the heat.

It was at that same time of the day, police were called to the Hamburg area because a 4-year-old girl and a dog were found inside a car with the windows down. Police say the mother, 38-year-old Jill Nowlin, was inside Old Navy shopping for what they reported to be a considerable amount of time. She was charged with Wanton Endangerment.

"It takes very little time before the temperatures starts to rise," stated Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz, of the Lexington Fire Department, "because the windows work like magnifying glass, it'll heat things up."

The Lexington Fire Department encourages everyone to never leave a child in car, not even for a minute.

"You've put that child in danger, and we're the ones that have to come in and treat that child. Everytime we hear that call come in, our hearts, they beat just a little bit faster," said Chief Nantz.

"Children their body temperature will rise three to five times faster than an adult."

According to Kidsandcars.org, from 1990 to 2010 there were 18 children killed by being left in cars in Kentucky. This year, through June 21st, there have been 14 reports nationwide.

"The temperature in the car can get up to 125-degrees, even if you think you're cracking the windows, that's still not sufficient and they can still die," said Chief Nantz.

After the arrest on Sunday, police said the little girl was not injured and was taken home by family members. However a look at these stats shows just how dangerous those moments in that parking lot could've been for the child.


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