LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A 32-year-old Shepherd woman turned herself into authorities in connection to allegations that she left her 2-year-old daughter locked in a hot car at Livingston's Pedago Park on August 6, prompting a Good Samaritan to break one of the car windows with a baseball bat.
Christina Louise Burks, 32, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a second-degree felony abandoning or endangering a child with imminent danger of bodily injury. No bail amount has been set at this time.
Lt. Matt Parrish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, said that LPD officers were dispatched out to Pedago Park at about 5:17 p.m. on August 6 in response to a report of a child in a locked, hot car. When they arrived at the scene, they found that one of the eyewitnesses had broken one of the car windows with a baseball bat, so the toddler could be rescued.
Parrish said that eyewitness told police that the little girl had been sweating profusely and crying. They also said that it had looked like the girl was having trouble breathing.
Just to be on the safe side, paramedics took the girl to the hospital to be checked out for "non-incapacitating" injuries. Parrish said the toddler was released from the hospital a short time later.
The LPD officers learned that the child's mother had left the girl unattended while she went to watch a soccer game at the park.
Parrish said that even after the car had been vented because of the broken window, the temperature inside was still 108 degrees.
Burks allegedly told the LPD officers at the scene that she had no idea that the little girl was in the vehicle and said that she though that her teenage child had placed the toddler in the back seat of her car without her knowledge, Parrish said. However, the officers got conflicting stories from the eyewitnesses, and the case was forwarded to Livingston PD investigators.