2 arrested after child found locked in car in Scottsboro

Northeast Alabama
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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Two people have been arrested after a child was found in a car at the Scottsboro Walmart.

According to Scottsboro Police, officers were called to the store on the 24000-block of John T. Reid Parkway on Monday after they received a report of an unattended child locked in a car.

The Scottsboro Police Chief, Ralph Dawe, stated they found the car locked, with an eight-month-old child inside. Officers broke a window and pulled the child from the vehicle. Paramedics treated the child at the store, and authorities said the child is doing fine.

Investigators stated the child had been in the car for around 15 minutes before police arrived and the temperature outside was 89 degrees at the time they arrived.

The Scottsboro Fire Chief, Gene Necklaus, says the temperatures inside vehicles rise quickly within 10 minutes.

“It all depends on the ambient temperature outside but what we see is roughly in the first 10 minutes just the sunlight itself, and the car not running, it raises the internal temperature of the vehicle by at least 20 degrees,” said Necklaus.

Police arrested Angela Marie Dobbins, 46, and Anita Jean Dobbins, 18, both of Scottsboro. Both face charges of reckless endangerment.

Dawe said they each had a bond of $500.

“They bonded out [Monday] and I believe the child is with another relative,” said Dawe.

Scottsboro Police say Angela Dobbins is the child’s grandmother, and Anita is the child’s aunt.


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