Infant Left Unattended Inside a Vehicle

Published by The Bee News

September 9, 2021

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Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Annette Lynn Garcia, 33 of Mohave Valley, for two counts of Child Abuse and two counts of Endangerment, all felonies. On Thursday (9/2) at approximately 5:06 PM, deputies were dispatched to a welfare check call at a business in the 4800 block of Highway 95 for reports of an infant left unattended inside a vehicle.

While en route to the scene, deputies called the business to request that announcements be made inside the store for the vehicle’s owner to return to the vehicle. Deputies arrived on scene and observed the involved vehicle was running, with two children in the back seat, the older of which was laying down in the back seat unrestrained, while the infant was restrained in an infant carrier.

Deputies tapped on the window and observed the young child was not responding to their attempts. Several more attempts were made to get the child’s attention, who eventually responded to the sounds. The vehicle was unlocked and deputies entered the vehicle and confirmed both children were
responsive. Deputies noted that while the vehicle was running at the time of the incident, the back seat of the vehicle felt hot where they were seated.

The outside temperature at the time of the incident was 105 degrees. During this time, a female subject, identified as Garcia, exited the business and advised she was the mother of the children. Garcia was detained while medical staff arrived on scene to evaluate the children. Both children were transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. When questioned, Garcia advised the children were asleep in the car and she had gone inside the business to get her groceries and was only inside for a few minutes.

From the time the call came into the Communication Center to the time the children were contacted inside the vehicle was approximately 15 minutes. Annette Lynn Garcia was arrested and transported to the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility in Kingman. Both children were uninjured and released to a family member.

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