An Owasso woman was arrested Wednesday evening, June 26, for allegedly leaving her infant child in a hot car for an extended period of time outside a local liquor store.
Around 6:30 p.m., officers responded to Owasso Liquor & Wine, 8787 N. Owasso Expy., in reference to a small child locked inside a vehicle.
While en-route, officers were advised that the vehicle was not running and the baby, a 14-month-old boy, was in need of immediate attention, Owasso Police Lt. Nick Boatman said in a report.
“The child appeared to be … red, clammy skin tone, sweating, and crying hysterically,” Boatman said. “The baby was wearing only a wet diaper and was showing signs of medical distress.”
Upon arriving on scene, officers removed the child from the vehicle and to a patrol car to cool down. Owasso medics also responded for treatment.
The mother, later identified as 24-year-old Gretchen Anne Markovics, was located leaving the store at that time and was detained and questioned.
According to Boatman, the child was subjected to dangerous levels of heat for around 15-20 minutes.
“The temperature outside at the time was 88 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees with 59% humidity,” he said. “The vehicle was parked on the west side of the business in direct sunlight with no shade available.”
Due to the physical condition of the baby and the temperature outside at the time, Markovics was placed under arrest for child endangerment.
Officers accompanied the baby to a metropolitan hospital for treatment. Once at the hospital, he was released into the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Markovics was booked at the Owasso Police Department and transported to the Tulsa County Jail with a bond of $25,000 and a court date of Friday, June 28.