Davenport mother accused of leaving infant son alone in a hot car
A Davenport woman faced criminal charges after her six-month-old son was allegedly left alone in a vehicle in a parking lot.
Police were sent to investigate a citizen report, of a baby left alone in a parked car, at Dollar General, 2010 36th Avenue in Moline, just after 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Officers said they arrived to find a brown 2001 Ford Taurus, parked in the sun, with all of the car windows slightly open. The infant was in a baby carrier seat-belted into the rear seat of the car.
“(T)he temperature inside the vehicle had reached a dangerous level for the child,” said Moline Police Department Detective Scott Williams.
The baby was hot and sweaty, but did not appear to be in distress, when officers got him out of the car. Twenty minutes after police arrived, the baby’s mother and a one-year-old girl returned to the car, Williams said.
The little girl and the baby were both taken into protective custody and placed with the Department of Children and Family Services, Williams said.
The mother, 20-year-old Breyana Shakayla Harris of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested for child endangerment.
Harris was held in the Rock Island County Jail. Williams said her bond was initially set at $1,500 with 10% due; but the charge against Harris was then elevated the Class 2 felony of endangering the life and health of a child, for which no bond was allowed.
Harris was scheduled to appear in Rock Island County Court at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014.