Huntsville Police arrest mom found passed out in hot car with baby


Ashley Cantrell (Image: Huntsville Police Department)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville Police have arrested and charged a mother after a bystander found her passed out in a hot car with her infant. It happened Sunday morning at the Kroger grocery store on Oakwood Avenue.

Lt. Stacy Bates with the Huntsville Police Department says Ashley Cantrell has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence-reckless endangerment. He says the baby involved in the case is expected to be fine.

However, Lt. Bates said charges are always subject to change as the investigation continues.

The follow-up includes investigators waiting on toxicology reports. Lt. Bates said the 5-month-old was tested at the hospital for anything in his system as well.

"Anything that comes back that could change our view on that, then definitely that will be taken into consideration on whether or not to upgrade charges, or add additional charges," he said.

As HPD handles the criminal side of it, Bates said they will work hand in hand with DHR on this case.

"They took custody of the child and placed it in a home. I don't know if it's with a relative or who it's with, but DHR's kind of following up on that end to make sure that the child is in a safe home, in a safe environment," he said.

The question is raised as to why the charges are just a misdemeanor. Bates explains that at this point it's really all they can do.

"Basically at this point there was no real harm done to the child. It was put in a dangerous situation, but it wasn't severely injured from it. Just the way the laws are written," he said.

And that's where reckless endangerment comes in.

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