It's bad enough to leave a dog alone in a hot car. It's reprehensible to leave a child alone in a hot car. This is the first story I've reported on or have seen whee a child and also a dog have together been left to swelter in a hot car.
Joshalin Evans, Rockville, MD was arrested last Monday (July 14) for allegedly leaving her 7-year-old son and his puppy alone in a car at Lakeforest Mall while she shopped. Police found a bowl of water for the dog in the car.
Evans, 30, reportedly left water for a puppy and Gatorade and a cell phone with her son, then left them alone in a car while she shopped for 90 minutes at Gaithersburg’sLakeforest Mall.
A shopper who saw the boy and dog sitting in Evans' white Nissan Sentra called 9-1-1. The child told police his mother had left water for the dog, but not for him. The boy also reportedly told officers his mother regularly leaves him unattended inside vehicles.
Gaithersburg Police Officer Dan Lane said the boy and dog were found in the car outside of Sears about 12:41 p.m. Officers found the car’s windows were down.
According to Montgomery County District Court charging documents, the child was found “very sweaty” and “seated in direct sunlight,” while the shepherd-mix puppy had signs of “heat exhaustion” and “was acting lethargic.”
Police took the boy and the puppy into an air-conditioned cruiser while they searched for Evans. They found her about 1:55 p.m.
Evans’ attorney, Rebecca Nitkin, told the TV station her client had left water and food for the dog, and Gatorade, food and a cell phone for her son. Nitkin says Evans’ son did not want to go inside the mall, so she parked the car in the shade, but the sun moved.
Evans is charged with second-degree attempted child abuse, reckless endangerment and neglect of a minor, according toMaryland online court records. If Evans is found guilty on all three felony counts, a judge could sentence her to up to 25 years in state prison. Evans was not charged animal abuse, according to current record.
The dangers of leaving animals, as well as people, in cars was again illustrated on Tuesday (July 15) in Anne Arundel County. Police broke a window out of a pickup truck to rescue a dog in distress, then cited the owner for leaving the animal alone in the truck.
The incident happened in the Glen Burnie District Court parking lot, where a witness told police she noticed a dog left alone in a truck for at least 30 minutes. One of the truck’s windows was open about an inch and there was no water available for the dog, which police said appeared to be in distress
The outdoor temperature was 90 degrees and the dog, a 7-year-old Scot-terrier mix, in obvious distress, the officers broke a window to rescue the pet. A veterinarian checked out the pet, and indicated that police saved the day, getting to the dog on time.
As a result, the pet was returned to the owner, James Humphries, 54, of Owings Mills.
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