SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - The mother of a five-week-old infant was arrested for leaving her child in a hot car in a Slidell parking lot. Gloria Elzy, 44, was taken into custody Tuesday.
According to police, an alert citizen noticed the child inside of the car sweating profusely. The citizen immediately called 911 and responding officer Joshua Funck quickly arrived, unlocked the car and removed the unresponsive child, who had a high internal temperature. While en route to the hospital, EMS was able to revive the infant, who has since made a full recovery.
"If the citizen wouldn't have immediately called Slidell Police, and Officer Funck didn't act quickly, the baby would not have survived," says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. "They are both hero's in my book."
After seeing a lot of activity near her car, Elzy ran from a nearby store towards her car and was notified by police what happened. According to police, she was in complete shock and told officers that forgot that the child was even in the car. She told police that she dropped her other children off at a friend's house and completely forgot about the five-week-old.
"With all the media attention on this type of issue, it's mind-boggling to me that someone can leave, better yet, forget, about a child inside of a vehicle," said Smith.
Elzy was taken into custody and charged with second degree cruelty to juveniles and for a past warrant for failure to appear. She was transported to the Slidell City Jail and will be later moved the St. Tammany Parish Jail.