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Looks like the unfortunate trend of leaving kids in hot cars won’t end anytime soon.

Such was the case in Kansas City, but the outcome was much different. reports:

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – A group of strangers stepped in when they saw a child left in a hot car while the child’s mother shopped and now the mother has been charged with second-degree child endangerment, a misdemeanor.

One woman who didn’t want to be identified said she and others spotted the little girl in the car and, when they couldn’t tell if the child was sleeping or unconscious, she and others sprang into action.

A report from the Kansas City, MO, Police Department said officers were called to the Game Stop, located just southeast of Interstate 29 and Missouri Route 152, about 7 p.m. Monday.

When they got to the area, police were called to the nearby Chipotle where they were told people were fighting. Tiquana S. Pasco, 29, was found yelling near the front door that someone had her daughter, but police say she was belligerent and didn’t follow orders from them.

A family said it began when they walked out of Chipotle and found a young child sitting in a car alone in her car seat. The car was not running and the windows were partly down. A couple of witnesses began looking for the child’s parent and one of them called police. They said they could see the 20-month-old girl sweating a lot inside.

“She opened the door and pulled the child out because she was awake with just sweat pouring down her face,” Jeremy Welch said.

Welch has a family of his own and his wife runs a daycare. They knew the child needed help.

“The other woman got a bottle of water and was giving her some water and we were just holding her,” he said.

Finally, a witness opened the unlocked door and took the child out of the car and a couple of them went to take the child into the air conditioning at Chipotle to cool off. It was then that witnesses told police that the girl’s mother, later identified as Pasco, came out of the Game Stop store and began shouting that they were taking her daughter.

“Suddenly this young woman comes out of the Game Stop and starts demanding who took her child out of her car,” Welch said.

“When she came out of the Game Stop her first words were ‘who took my baby?’ She was more incredulous that someone opened her door than the welfare of her child,” the woman who didn’t want to be identified said.

The officer’s report said that the witnesses told Pasco to calm down and that they had called police, but she responded that they should give her daughter back to her so they can leave. Witnesses then said that Pasco approached them and tried to pull the little girl from their arms.

“She kept yanking on the child’s arm to get her back. At that point the child was starting to cry and she got sick, vomiting at least three times,” the woman said.

When the witnesses walked back into Chipotle, they said Pasco followed them and pushed and hit Welch who got between her and the woman holding her little girl, demanding that they return her. Pasco also punched Welch and tore his shirt.

“She just grabbed my shirt and yanked it and I told her, ‘ma’am, I am going to restrain you now,'” he said.

The scuffle went on for minutes.

“(She said) give me my baby, I’m going, give me my baby,” Welch said.

Other people jumped in and got between Pasco and Welch and held the mother to the ground until police arrived.

“I wouldn’t change my actions, not one bit. Do I wish that somebody else would have taken charge of it before me so that I didn’t have to get involved, maybe,” Welch said.

A female witness said that during the disturbance the child threw up on herself and the woman holding her. The woman holding her took the child to the restroom to get cleaned up and said, once inside, the little girl vomited again.

“As I escorted her out of the restaurant, she (the mother) said that she left her (the child) in the car since she was asleep,” police wrote in their report.

The police report said they checked the thermometer in their patrol car when they got the call and it read 89 degrees.

“Sadly, we know all too well that leaving a child in a car can have tragic consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the outside temperature is just 83 degrees, the temperature inside a car can reach 109 degrees in 15 minutes, even with the window rolled down two inches,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said in a written release.

The little girl was checked out by EMS at the scene and released to a godparent.

“The family was appreciative that I had the child instead of someone else who could have taken her. The car doors were unlocked and she was gone for at least 10 minutes,” said the woman who didn’t want to be identified.

She went on to say that she doesn’t think Pasco is a bad mother, just one who made a poor decision and used bad judgment, judgment that could have led to something serious happening to her child.

The mother was taken to headquarter’s detention and booked on an investigative hold. If convicted of child endangerment, Pasco faces up to a year in jail. She is currently being held in lieu of a $1,500 cash or surety bond.

Welch said he is also filing charges against Pasco.

No one answered when KCTV5 went to Pasco’s home.

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15 thoughts on “Mom Punches Man Who Helps Save Kid Found In Hot Car

  1. Y-vonne on said:

    This woman should be ashamed of herself; the child could have died. But as to the earlier comments, this is not a Black and White issue…it is a Bad Parenting issue. Why bring up color into this Robert G.

  2. It’s just so upsetting to me to know that some of these careless, dumb parents is so dam stupid to do something like this over and over again. DAM IDIOT!!!

  3. Black people can be the hardest on each other, and always have empathy and sympathy for other groups. The same measure you judge so shall ye be. Be careful foolish people, and learn to have mercy so you can be shown mercy, and this is for everyone of you that made such critical, judgmental, and harsh statements.

    • chris on said:

      Its a good thing someone helped the child. The people was wrong for keeping her baby from her. That would make anyone go crazy, a stranger keeping your child from you

    • seriously on said:

      I get what you are saying…But you cannot deny when it comes to parenting…A lot of single black moms have some serious issues….One being that 80% of them will remain in poverty and generational so….Not that we should condemn them all, but we could do better…But insults, harsh and critical attacks will not work.

  4. She’s a dumb nig.. plain and simple.. Nigs should not be having kids..

    Black people on the other hand are allowed to..

    Just remember, Chris Rock said it best.. difference between Black and Nig..

    This woman a crackhead nig.. throw her ass in the car at 120 degrees..

    • Virginia on said:

      I think your comments are a bit over the top. I would never leave my child in a hot car, but I agree with one of the “rescuers” that this women was not necessarily a “bad mother”, but one who made a very bad decision.
      I am struggling what I would have done if I had left my child someplace for a few minutes and come back to find they were gone. Any parent who has lost their child for even a second in a public place knows exactly what I’m talking about. I would have panicked immediately.
      I am also wondering how I’d feel if a bunch of strangers took possession of my very young child and tried to keep her from me. I think I’d be very upset, and I KNOW my kids would be upset and vomiting seeing ME upset, and people trying to keep me away from my mother.

      I see where everybody here is coming from, NO child should be left in a hot car, and she should be charged for that. BUT, there is another side to this whole story. I can also understand how upset the mother was, and I hope the judge will understand too. (I am also Appalled that one of the “rescuers” is planning on filing charges against the mother.)

  5. Babyboomer on said:

    Glad these folks stepped in. Obviously the child was in distress or she wouldn’t have be throwing up like that. The mother gets what she deserves and I don’t blame Welch for pressing charges either. This just needs to stop…

  6. She should serve some time in jail. I’m sick of reading how these irresponsible parents still have not got the message that this is dangerous. You can’t leave a child in a hot car just because it’s not convenient to shop with the child.

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