A woman was arrested Tuesday night for child endangerment and abuse when she left her young child in a hot car as “punishment” in Draper.
Jesica Brown, 28, was arrested for child endangerment and child abuse when police found her child left in a hot car.
According to the probable cause statement, a Draper City Police officer was dispatched to a welfare check at the Draper City Park at approximately 9 p.m.
Dispatch advised the officer that the complainant called to report that a child between 4-to-5 years old was in a “time out” inside a vehicle with the windows rolled up for “punishment purposes.”
The officer stated in the probable cause statement that the outside temperature was approximately 82 degrees at the time of arrival. The officer then determined that the vehicle was not turned on and that the windows were in fact not rolled down, according to the probable cause statement.
The officer then spoke to the child’s mother – later identified as Brown – who advised that her son was 4 years old and told police that she put her son inside the vehicle as punishment for “acting out,” according to the probable cause statement. The officer also confirmed with Brown that the child was placed inside the vehicle alone, with the car turned off and no windows rolled down for ventilation.
An assisting officer made contact with Brown’s son and placed her hand on the child’s head, which was hot to the touch and that he was sweating and had puffy eyes, according to the probable cause statement. The assisting officer then spoke with Brown, who admitted to using meth and heroin, according to the probable cause statement. The assisting officer then received consent from Brown to search her purse and found a used syringe.