Christpher Hiatt, 20, was charged with reckless conduct after he reportedly left his infant daughter inside an unlocked car while he went into a Walmart.

Cartersville man jailed after leaving baby in unlocked car

A Cartersville man was arrested after he reportedly left his infant daughter alone inside an unlocked car while he shopped, authorities said. 

Bartow County sheriff’s deputies charged Christopher Kile Hiatt, 20, with reckless conduct on April 28 after he reportedly went into the Walmart on Market Place Boulevard to shop, leaving his baby in her car seat in the parking lot. 

Deputies were called to the scene around 8:38 p.m. and removed the infant from the 1999 Pontiac Sunfire she’d been left in. When they found Hiatt, who said he had been inside the store for about 10 minutes, he told deputies he “forgot he had his daughter Addison with him,” according to the police report.


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Deputies said the child “appeared to be in good health,” but called an ambulance as a precaution, according the police report. The child was returned to her mother, who told the deputies she’d take her to Cartersville Medical Center to be assessed.

Weather data indicates the high temperature in Cartersville on that day was about 78 degrees. 

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Hiatt was booked into the Bartow County Jail and released the next day on $1,000 property bond. The crime he is charged with, reckless conduct, is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in prison or a $1,000 fine.

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