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The child, 8 months old, was crying inside.

Posted: Jul 23, 2019 9:55 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2019 9:19 AM

UPDATE: The two women bonded out of jail on Tuesday after being arrested for leaving a baby locked in a hot car.

Both women are charged with reckless endangerment after claiming to have forgotten the baby was in the car, because he was sleeping. 

Angela Dobbins, Anita Dobbins

Jane Benford is a parent and grandparent in Scottsboro. She couldn't believe a grandmother and aunt may have left an 8-month-old locked in a hot car. 

"I always thought about Nick [her son] first and foremost," Benford said. 

On Monday, Scottsboro police received a call from someone outside the Walmart. 

"They found the child in a car seat, crying, and all the doors were locked," Scottsboro Police Chief Ralph Dawe said. 

Chief Ralph Dawe says officers broke out the window and rescued the infant. The outside temperature was 89 degrees. Remarkably, the child wasn't harmed. They're charged with reckless endangerment but that could change.

"There could be some adjustments, the officers charged them with reckless endangerment, probably should have been child endangerment" Chief Dawe said. 

WAAY 31 reached out to both women to see if they would share their story, but we have not heard from either. Police tell WAAY 31 the infant was initially taken to temporary care and is now with another relative. 

Benford can't comprehend how any person simply "forgets" about their child.

"The heat can kill them in just a few minutes and you're not even in an emergency situation going into Walmart," Benford said.

Right now, there is no court date set for the two women. Scottsboro police want everyone to be aware of their surroundings. They say if the person didn't call, this could be a murder case.

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From Earlier:

Two Scottsboro women were arrested Monday after police officers had to break a window to rescue a child from a non-air conditioned and locked car.

The Scottsboro Police Department said officers responded to an unattended child locked inside a vehicle at Walmart, located in the 24000 block of John T. Reid Parkway, on Monday

The vehicle was not running and was locked. The child, 8 months old, was crying inside. The temperature was around 89 degrees at that time, police said.

Officers gained access inside the vehicle by breaking a window. The child was treated by medical personnel on scene and is doing fine, according to police. Officers determined the child had been alone in the car for about 15 minutes before they arrived.

Angela Marie Dobbins, 46, and Anita Jean Dobbins, 18, both of Scottsboro were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.

The Department of Human Resources placed the child in temporary care, pending its investigation.

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