UPDATE — State police said on Wednesday the child was left in the car for about 10 minutes.
According to troopers, a woman who claimed to have seen the child in the car called police.
KELLY TOWNSHIP — We have recently seen stories making national news of how children left in hot cars resulted in death. State police in our area are trying to figure out if there was any wrongdoing after reports Monday of a 10-month-old child left in a car in a Walmart parking lot near Lewisburg.
State police are not releasing much information after a 10-month-old baby was left alone inside a car at Walmart near Lewisburg.
Authorities said the infant was not hurt.
The incident left some parents in Central Pennsylvania wondering how someone could leave a child alone inside a hot car.
“Cold or hot, no matter which way it is, that’s irresponsible,” Edgar Perez said.
“They go off into the store real quick, but that real quick is a lifetime to them with the heat,” Chester Forrest said.
“Even just leaving a child for a minute or two to run in and get milk is not safe,” Jessica Holmes said.
Jessica Holmes is a pediatric trauma case manager at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital near Danville.
“Children, actually their bodies can heat up three to five times more quickly than an adult’s, so it really would be a matter of seconds that it can be a dangerous temperature for a child in a car,” Holmes said.
We were in the same parking lot to demonstrate what it feels like to be locked inside a hot car on a hot day.
Our car temperature said 81 degrees outside. Our indoor thermometer said 78 degrees inside this car.
The temperature inside our Newswatch 16 car rose quickly.
“A child would probably fare not too well, especially because they do not have the coping mechanisms that an adult would,” Holmes said.
Twenty minutes later, it was 100 degrees inside our car.
And Holmes says you should never leave your child alone in a car, even on a cooler day, because it is always hotter inside a car.
As for the 10-month-old baby left inside the car at Walmart near Lewisburg, so far no charges have been filed. Again, state police are looking for anyone who was at Walmart near Lewisburg Monday around 2:45 p.m.