Augusta mom charged after leaving kids, including 7-month-old, in hot car while she donated plasma

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- An Augusta mother is facing charges of cruelty after deputies say she left her two children, ages 8 and 7 months, in a hot car alone.

According to a report, deputies showed up to the Biotest Plasma Center on Peach Orchard Road around 12:57 p.m. Tuesday. That's where they found two children left alone in a gray Honda Accord sitting outside.

The vehicle read the outdoor temperature at 105 degrees. The windows were completely rolled up and no air conditioner was running to keep the kids cool.

One deputy looked into the window and saw one of the children unconscious and covered in feces, while another child was in the front seat and alert. The deputy talked the child through how to unlock the doors.

Deputies immediately placed the children in their air-conditioned patrol car and gave them water.

EMS arrived on the scene to take the children's vital signs before taking them to University hospital.

Roderick Morrow was there when EMS arrived to take the children to the hospital.

"I thought that was inhumane," Morrow said. "It's really hot out there. Like really, really hot."

Deputies were able to enter the business and arrest the mother of the children, Jessica Reynolds. The children were released from the hospital and into the custody of their grandmother.

Reynolds is facing two charges of cruelty to children in the first degree, and other authorities safekeeping.

AUMC's James Wild, a professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics says there's a simple comparison when it comes to hot cars.

"They are being baked in the oven," Wild said.

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