A Memphis, Tennessee mom has been accused of leaving her baby in a hot car while she went inside a restaurant to take part in National Tequila Day festivities on Tuesday, authorities said.
The mother, later identified as 26-year-old Rachel Vanwagner, allegedly went inside Cazadores Mexican Grill in Arlington while her baby remained in the car in the restaurant’s parking lot.
Authorities were called after people in the lot heard the baby crying, NBC12 reported.
When Shelby County sheriff’s deputies arrived, they reportedly found the baby in the backseat of the car, which was not on. The windows were slightly rolled down and the car’s doors were unlocked.
Temperatures around 7 p.m. that day, when the incident occured, were nearly 95 degrees, NBC12 reported, though the temperature inside the car was likely hotter.
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