CORAL SPRINGS, FL – A Coral Springs mother allegedly left her special needs 18-month-old child in a hot car for nearly 50 minutes while shopping and showed little emotion when first responders rescued the baby, a police report said.
Confronted by police, Wendy Williams, 36, admitted she intentionally left her child in an unlocked and unattended car in the parking lot of BRAVO supermarket at 10301 Royal Palm Boulevard in Coral Springs, the report said.
The child’s body temperature was 99.7 when paramedics took her to Broward Health Coral Springs where she was reported stable at the time.
Williams was taken into custody on July 17 on a charge of culpable negligence – exposure to injury for leaving her daughter, who has a feeding tube, in the car on March 17, the report said.
According to the police report, Williams drove to the store without a driver’s license and parked her car in the shade as her daughter was sleeping. Before heading into the store, she rolled down two of the four windows about two inches. The temperature in the shade that day was 82 degrees.
A passerby spotted Williams’ sleeping child in the car and then went in the store and had the store page customers to them about an unattended baby in the car, the report said. When Williams didn’t respond, the same person called police for help.
When Williams came out close to 50 minutes later to a large presence of police and fire officials, police said she showed no emotion and was unapologetic, the report said.
She asked officers “for a pass,” telling them her child “was not in the car for a long time.” She added: “This is a mistake and I’m happy it didn’t result in the death of my child, or whatever, but it was a mistake.”
Police also found that the child’s car seat was not properly installed, the report said.
Williams has a history of run-ins with the authorities, the report said. She is on federal probation until 2024 for attempt to commit conspiracy fraud. Originally from Jamaica, she was arrested in 2019 by I.C.E. for overstaying her visa.
Earlier this year, she was issued a citation for driving with an improper child restraint.
Williams was booked at Broward County Jail on July 17.
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