Woman arrested after leaving infant locked in car while shopping

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston woman is in jail after leaving her infant locked inside an unattended vehicle Thursday.

Charleston police say the mother, 35-year-old Melanie Thornhill, forgot her infant was in the car when she went shopping.

Police responded to 263 King Street and found the infant in his car seat, locked in a parked car with all the windows rolled up and the engine off. The temperature at the time was 88 degrees with a heat index of 105.

While a police officer was attempting to open the door with a slim jim, when Thornhill approached the car from the J. Crew store and opened the door.

Thornhill told police that her husband had brought the child to her earlier in the when she was getting her hair done. She placed the child in the back of the car and forgot he was in the vehicle when she exited to go shopping.

Thornhill was charged with ill treatment of a child. She posted a $25,000 bond and was released.

The infant's father, Frank Thornhill, was notified and he took custody of the child, who was unharmed.

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