Glendale woman arrested for leaving baby in car while she shopped
PHOENIX — A Glendale mother was arrested and charged with child abuse last week for allegedly leaving her baby in a car while she grocery shopped.
According to ABC 15, police responded to a call of a child left in a car July 12 at the Fry’s near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
Police said they found the 3-month-old locked in the back seat of the car with the windows rolled up. Officers broke the window to get to the baby.
The TV station said Jessica Umtuch, 27, came out to the parking lot after hearing an announcement on the store’s intercom about a child in car.
Umtuch told police she was going to leave the child with her boyfriend, but he wanted to go to the bar, so she brought the child shopping, according to ABC 15. She also said the baby fell asleep, leading her to forget the infant in the car.
Police said the baby was in the car for 16 minutes before being rescued, and the temperature at the time was 114 degrees.