Chia Ching Wang
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Police: Mom left 4-year-old in hot car for about 40 minutes to shop in Marietta

A Smyrna woman was charged days after she allegedly left her 4-year-old son in a car while she shopped at a Marietta Target, authorities said.

Two women, who happened to be locksmiths, found out the child had been in the car for nearly 40 minutes, and they ended up rescuing the crying boy who was sweating profusely, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Chia Ching Wang, 44, faces a misdemeanor reckless conduct charge after leaving the child in the car for 38 minutes so she could pick up medication from the Target off Cobb Parkway, according to the arrest warrant obtained by Channel 2.

The incident happened last Friday when it was about 80 degrees outside, Channel 2 reported. It’s unclear how hot it was in the car, but vehicles in the sun can get more than 30 degrees hotter than the temperature outside.

“There’s a baby locked in this car. He’s sweating his (expletive) off right now,” one of the women can be heard saying in cellphone video obtained by the news station.

The women, Lilach Butler and her sister Edaya Allison, own a locksmith business in Cobb County, and they said they were in the right place at the right time.

“I was shaking. I was in tears, because I couldn’t believe that some woman would let this happen to their child,” Allison told Channel 2.

Marietta police didn’t arrest Wang after the incident, but they obtained the warrant for her arrest Wednesday after further reviewing the case, Channel 2 reported.

In an incident report, she told officers she was “not feeling well” that day and that her son, who was asleep in the car, was “too heavy to carry inside the store.”

Wang turned herself in Thursday morning, and she bonded out later that day for $345, according to Cobb jail records. Her husband is who bonded her out.

Both Wang and her husband declined to comment to the news station about the incident.

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