A mother and her friend are facing charges after her child was found in a hot car outside a Nashville strip club.

Police said they found the 9-month-old inside a PT Cruiser outside Deja Vu on Demonbreun Street at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The responding officer talked to the mother's friend, Summer Taylor, who said she was helping to keep an eye on the child while her mother was on the stage stripping for an audition.

Taylor said she had been coming outside to check on the child, but witnesses said Taylor never left the strip club.

Two witnesses told police both women had been inside the strip club for at least 30 minutes before officers responded.

According to the affidavit, all the windows in the car were rolled up. Police said the child was wearing a medium to heavy coat and was "drenched in sweat."

At the time, temperatures outside were 70 degrees. In the affidavit, police estimated it may have been up to 101 degrees inside the vehicle.

The girl was rushed to the hospital and is now in the care of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.

Police said the child's mother, Kelsey McMurtry, lied to them about her name. She reportedly had an outstanding warrant.

Both McMurtry and Taylor have been charged with child neglect. McMurtry was also charged with criminal impersonation.

Purnima Unni is the Pediatric Trauma Injury Prevention manager at Vanderbilt. She said most of the time parents don’t mean to hurt their children. It is usually an accident.

“There is no time that is an acceptable time for a child to be left alone in a car. It’s as simple as that,” Unni said.

With warmer temperatures on the way, medical professionals wanted to remind parents to be aware.

Last year, 24 children were killed after being left in hot cars. Two have already died this year.

“The child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster and higher than an adult,” Unni said. “So 104 degrees, you find the internal organs of the child begin to shut down. And when it’s 107 degrees, we can see near death.”

McMurtry’s family said they did not want to comment.

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Carley Gordon joined the News4 team as a reporter in 2009. Carley currently covers the crime beat around Middle Tennessee.

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