Boardman police report baby found in locked car while mom shopped at Walmart

Staff report


A Youngstown woman is charged with child endangering after being accused of leaving her 6-month-old baby in a locked car while she shopped at Walmart.

Charged is Rasheda Lawrence, 24, of Cambridge Avenue.

Township police were dispatched to the Doral Drive store at 6:18 p.m. Tuesday after someone reported seeing an infant left alone in a vehicle, according to a police report.

Police reportedly found the child in a car that was not running and did not have any windows open. A towing company opened the locked car for police, and the child was removed at 6:36 p.m., according to the report.

The baby was “sweating and crying,” but calmed down once responders gave the baby something to drink.

The child was released to a relative. The mother, Lawrence, was found shopping in the store and arrested without incident.

According to police, surveillance footage shows Lawrence entering the store about 5:45 p.m. The police report notes that the temperature was 73 degrees at the time.

Lawrence posted bond Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in Mahoning County Area Court here today for arraignment. Mahoning County Children Services was notified of the incident, according to the report.

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