Tyler police arrested a mother today after her 3-year-old daughter was left unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot at Sam’s Wholesale on SSW Loop 323, according to a Tyler police report.
Police received a call about the incident about 1:35 p.m., said Don Martin, police spokesman.
A witness who observed the child in the vehicle found Investigator Cory Hoover with the Smith County District Attorney’s office in the parking lot and notified him of the situation. Martin said.
Hoover immediately went to the vehicle and located the child strapped in a car seat and found the door to be unlocked. Hoover removed the child from the vehicle, and the child was lethargic and ringing wet from sweat.
EMS was called to the scene to transport the child to a local hospital.
Officers located the mother and believe the child might have been left unattended in the vehicle for about an hour unattended, Martin said.
Officers identified the mother as Lisa Tang, 44, of Whitehouse. Ms. Tang was placed under arrest for child endangerment (2nd degree felony) and transported to Smith County Jail.
Child Protective Services was contacted in reference to this incident.