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Valdosta police arrest parents after child left in hot car

Thirty-year-old Jessica Brown and 27-year-old Timothy Kelly have been charged with reckless conduct. (MGN/Lowndes County Sheriff's Office)

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WFXL) - Two parents have been arrested after police say their child was found in a hot vehicle.

According to Valdosta police, they received a call on Monday about a small child under 5 left in a vehicle with the windows up and engine off at a restaurant on North Ashley Street around 6 p.m.

Officers made contact with the parents, 30-year-old Jessica Brown and 27-year-old Timothy Kelly, who told officers they knew the child was inside but that they had only been inside for two minutes.

However, officers were able to review surveillance footage and say the two were in the restaurant for 20 minutes.

Using information from San Francisco State University, police estimate that the temperature would have risen from the outside temperature of 86 degrees to 115 degrees inside the car due to the time the child was left in the car.

The child did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident.

Both Brown and Kelly were arrested and charged with reckless conduct. A relative of the family came to take custody of the child.

“The Valdosta Police Department thanks the citizen who called for emergency assistance. Had she not been concerned for the child’s safety, the result could have been deadly,” said Lt. Adam Bembry.

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