Mom arrested for leaving 2-year-old inside hot car

Mariam Banoub was arrested and charged with leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, child neglect and resisting arrest by Mount Juliet Police. (Photo: Mount Juliet Police Department)

A Mount Juliet police officer broke out a window of a car to pull out a toddler left inside without the car running, according to police.

Police said officers were at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy, 206 Crossings Lane, after a citizen reported a young child left alone in an SUV.

The officer arrived to find a 2-year-old boy, who was buckled into a car seat, screaming, crying and sweating to the point that his hair was soaked.

The mother, Mariam Banoub, 30, of Mount Juliet, was found inside the store with a 4-year-old girl. Information from the scene led officers to believe that the 2-year-old was intentionally left unattended for nearly 25 minutes.

Banoub was charged with leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, child neglect and resisting arrest. She was booked into the Wilson County Jail.

The children were later released to their father.

Police said the mother took an older child into the store but left a younger one in the car.

"We are so thankful a watchful citizen saw the child and knew to immediately report it," the Mount Juliet Police Department said in a tweet. "Whether the car is running or not, it's a dangerous situation for any young child - especially on a hot day. It is also against the law."

“It blows my mind that people leave their kids in the car,” said Leslie Franke, a mother of two children. “It gets twice as hot in a car as it does outside. The health risks are ridiculous.”

We are so thankful a watchful citizen saw the child and knew to immediately report it. Wether the car is running or or not, it’s a dangerous situation for any young child- especially on a hot day. It is also against the law. pic.twitter.com/i1rTcKKk64— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) May 7, 2018
The child was checked by medics, and thankfully, is OK. The mother was found inside the store. Officers remain on the scene and continue to investigate the event.— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) May 7, 2018
Officers are on-scene at Walgreens, 206 Crossings Ln, after a citizen reported a young child alone in an SUV. An officer arrived to find the approx. 2-year-old child sweating in the SUV, which was not running. He broke out a window to reach the child.— Mt. Juliet Police (@MtJulietPolice) May 7, 2018

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