Russellville woman arrested after police break through van window to free small child

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. -  Russellville Police say a 24-year-old woman left a young child in a car on Monday.  Police used a hammer to break through the van's window to get the toddler out.

Maria Isabel Martinez Tomas, 24, is charged with felony child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, which is a misdemeanor.

Police were called to Walmart on Highway 43 on Monday.  A shopper had spotted a small child in a passenger van with no air running and a window cracked.  Police saw the situation and used a hammer to bust out the passenger side front window.

Police say the 2-year-old child was in heat distress in a car seat in the back.  Officers then went in the store and found Tomas, who had a 6-year-old and 4-year-old with her.  Officers said Tomas was inside Walmart for more than 20 minutes before the child in the car was discovered.

The toddler was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and then released.

The 2-year-old and 4-year-old belonged to a family member.  The 6-year-old was Tomas' child.