RED OAK, Iowa — A Red Oak woman has been charged with child endangerment for leaving her 2˝-month-old grandson unattended in a car while she ran inside a Hy-Vee Supermarket.
Red Oak police rescued the baby Sunday after an anonymous caller reported a baby inside a car at Red Oak Plaza, said Police Chief Drew Powers. The car was not running and had the windows rolled up.
Officers quickly removed the baby from the car and placed him in a cooled patrol car. Red Oak Rescue was then called to check on the child.
The baby was sweating and breathing hard, said Powers but was OK after cooling down in the patrol car.
The grandmother came out of the store 20 minutes after officers arrived, Powers said. She was charged with child endangerment, a serious misdemeanor.
The grandmother was being held Sunday on $2,000 bail, but was released later by a magistrate on her own recognizance, Powers said. The baby was released to his parents.
“Even as nice as it was Sunday, the temperatures in a vehicle can shoot up quickly with the windows up,” said Powers. “The bottom line is that it's illegal to leave your child in a car. We were very fortunate this didn't turn out to be a tragedy.”