CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police have arrested a mother who is accused of leaving her infant in a hot car at a Chandler Target parking lot Tuesday afternoon. 

A man said he and another person in the Target parking lot, located near Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road, spotted the baby sweating inside a hot car around 4:30 p.m.

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The good Samaritan, who did not wish to be identified, said he used a tire iron to smash the car window. He was able to get the child out and to safety. He said that after being taken out of the car, the baby seemed to be OK.

"I had a bunch of mixed emotions when it happened, happy for the baby, very grateful for the woman," the man said. "It's just tough to see anything like that when there's a helpless infant in the backseat of a hot car."

According to court paperwork, video showed 39-year-old Holli Platt arrive at the parking lot at 4:07 p.m. and then entered the store with three of her children a minute later. Her infant was left inside the car.

About 18 minutes later, at 4:26 p.m., the window was smashed in and the baby was rescued.

Police believe temperatures inside the car rose by 25 degrees in the time span.

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Platt was arrested and is being charged with child abuse.

In her first court appearance on Wednesday morning, her attorney told a judge that Platt has had no prior arrests or convictions.

"They own a business. They employ several people in the community. She is not a flight risk," attorney Theron Hall told the judge. "This is the first time ever she's been arrested, no prior misdemeanor, felony, arrest or conviction. She does not use drugs or drink."

Her lawyer claimed the infant in the car was not harmed and paramedics said there was no need for medical attention. He also said Platt has been a dedicated stay-at-home mom for 13 years.

"She obsesses over their safety, their cleanliness, they're well-maintained," Hall said. "She is a wonderful, loving mother to all her children. She doesn't let her kids eat junk food. She makes all their lunches to take to school. She has dedicated her life to all her children."

She told officers she "had no intent to leave her child in the vehicle," according to paperwork.

"[I'm] begging parents to take care of their kids, hug your kid tonight, and just always be aware when you have your kid with you," the good Samaritan said.

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The Valley temperature rose to 107 degrees by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Platt is due in court on Aug. 28 at 8:30 a.m. 

 


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