Two women arrested in Pea Ridge after infant left in hot car

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PEA RIDGE, Ark. – On August 11, officers from the Pea Ridge Police Department were dispatched to a child endangerment call at a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market. Once officers arrived, they learned that the infant was inside of a black Nissan Xterra parked in the parking lot.

Officers also learned that the vehicle was locked, the vehicle was not running, and the infant was inside alone. The infant appeared to be very hot, redness all over the infant’s skin, sweating profusely and struggling to breath.

To also note, the outside temperature at the time was approximately 87 degrees with a heat index of 98 degrees (relative humidity 70 percent). Temperature information was obtained from National Weather Service.


PEA RIDGE, Ark. (KNWA) — Two women were arrested in Pea Ridge on Sunday after allegedly leaving an infant inside a parked car.

Pea Ridge police say Karlee Spear, 21, and Ashlee Danley, 26, were taken into custody after Spear’s child was left unsupervised inside a vehicle in the Walmart Neighborhood Market parking lot while the women shopped.

Police say concerned bystanders broke the window of the vehicle and started to work to cool down the child before authorities arrived on the scene.

The infant was transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Springdale. According to police, the child is in stable condition.

Police say the two women had been in the store shopping for approximately 45 minutes. According to authorities, Spears and Danley said they forgot the infant was in the backseat and went inside to go grocery shopping.

Both have been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Karlee Mae Spear (Benton County Sheriff’s Department)
Ashlee Jean Danley (Benton County Sheriff’s Department)

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