A Colorado mother has been arrested after her one-year-old baby girl was found unresponsive inside her car in sweltering 116F heat.
Mother-of-three Charlesie Edwards, 27, was drunk and had possibly taken drugs when she left her infant inside the hot car and was found wandering in a downtown Aspen store on Friday.
A woman noticed the child alone in the car parked on the 900 block of East Durant Street in blazing 116F heat and grabbed her out of the vehicle.
Police arrived on the scene around 1.45pm and found the baby was unresponsive and soaked in sweat, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed in Pitkin County.
The ‘baby was red in color (and the) baby’s head (was) laying against the door and not responding’, the affidavit obtained by the said.
Paramedics treated the baby for 30 minutes until she was responsive.
Cops found the baby’s mother in a store downtown about an hour later after they found her purse in her car.
They said she was drunk and possibly under the influence of drugs as she was behaving oddly and making suicidal comments.
She was uncooperative with officers and repeatedly tried to walk away from them while ‘acting very strange by asking odd questions’ the affidavit states.
‘While walking to my patrol vehicle, Charlesie Edwards cried and told me she had a severe alcohol problem,’ officer Kirk Wheatley wrote in the affidavit.
She was arrested for attempted negligent criminal homicide on Friday.
She was placed in Pitkin County jail and she initially believed she was arrested for a DUI. After calming down from a tantrum where she threatened the lives of jail staff and child protective services, she became emotional about her baby.
‘I didn’t mean to hurt my baby. I forgot about her in the car. I can’t believe I did this. I could have killed her,’ she said, as per the affidavit.
The baby is now being cared for by a guardian. She also has an 11-year-old and a six-year-old child.
She was bailed out of jail on Monday on a $250 recognizance bond.
A judge said she was already on probation in Garfield County and was already being supervised by authorities.
Her next court date is set for September 3.