Child left alone in hot car, mom doesn’t notice he’s missing

Talisha Martin

PALATKA, Fla. (WFLA) — Palatka Police Officers responded to a report of a child left alone in a hot car in a Walmart parking lot.

Palatka Police received the report on Sunday afternoon from the store’s Loss Prevention team. The store’s team showed the officers the specific vehicle where the child was left all alone.

The officers saw a five-year-old boy sitting in the back of the vehicle, which was registered to 27-year-old Talisha Martin, of Interlachen.

The officers reported the vehicle was running and the air conditioner was on, but the air blowing through the car was warm air.

The officers promptly removed the child from the vehicle and asked if he was hot. Police said the child responded saying he was hot and scared because his mother left him alone.

Police said they took the boy inside the store to attempt to contact his mother.

Police said Martin then walked outside to her vehicle, and she didn’t even realize her child was no longer in the car until an officer asked her if something was missing. Police said Martin’s speech was stuttered and slurred at the time.

It was then determined the five-year old-boy was left alone in the car for over 40 minutes.

Martin was arrested for leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle. Martin was transported to the Putnam County Jail and held on a $500 bond. The Department of Children and Family Services was also contacted.

Police said the child is now safe and in the care of his father.

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