Child Left in Hot Car, Mom Arrested

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Valdosta, GA -- August 9. 2011 --

The parents of 21-year-old Julianne Ingram says she's not a bad mother, she just didn't make the right decision.

They didn't want to be identified but wanted to speak up on her behalf.

"Julianne, she's a good mother. She's young but she's a good mother," said her father.

Valdosta Police say Sunday morning around 10:30, a woman heard the baby crying inside the car.

She told deputies in the jail. Ingram was arrested and charged with cruelty toward children.

Police say the baby was in the car unattended for 30 minutes.

They say the windows were down but the temperature outside was 90 degrees and the heat index was 105 degrees.

"If you want to give her a hard time because she made an error in judgment, that's fine she deserves that," said her father.

Ingram's parents say the baby was asleep when the mother left the car.

The couple says Ingram only ran into the jail to tell her boyfriend she couldn't be at visitation when she got held up inside.

"Should she have left my granddaughter in the car? No. She made a bad decision," Ingram's Father said.

Ingram's parents tell me bond was set for her at $2,500.

They say they're working to get her out of jail.

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