VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) — A woman spent the night in the Volusia County Jail after good Samaritans found an 8-month-old baby in a hot SUV.
On Tuesday afternoon, a couple in Orange City noticed the baby left in a black SUV in a parking lot.
The car was off. The doors were unlocked. The man and woman opened the door to check on the baby.
The couple then called 911. “There’s a baby in a car and we just opened the door, but don’t know where the people are whose car it is," said the man.
“The baby is not crying,” the man described in the 911 call when asked the condition of the baby. “My wife’s fanning him with a fan to keep him cool and calm. He’s awake. He’s not crying.”
At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the temperature in Orange City clocked in at 92 degrees, with a heat index of 103.
Within minutes, first responders were on scene. Then, 24 minutes after the 911 call, a woman returned to the SUV.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Meagan Burgess, 33, told deputies she forgot the baby was in the car.
“What looked like maybe a frantic woman was running out into the parking lot with some bags,” said William Powers, who works in the same shopping complex and watched as deputies questioned the woman.
“She was talking with the police officers, and a few moments later she was handcuffed and being put into a police vehicle,” Powers explained.
Burgess told deputies that leaving the baby in the vehicle was her worst fear.
Meanwhile, Powers said he’s glad the couple were in the right place at the right time.
“Not only were they concerned about the child, and getting him to safety, but they also were there afterwards,” said Powers. “Kind of trying to make him feel at home, and safe, and secure, which was nice to see.”
Thanks to them, the baby is going to be just fine.
Burgess has been booked into the Volusia County Jail for one count of child neglect, but no bond was set.
She’s set to go before a judge Wednesday.