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Jul 2, 2014 4:21 PM by Letitia Walker

Police: Mother arrested after 5 week-old infant found locked inside hot car

A five-week-old infant was rescued from inside a locked car at a Slidell strip mall after an alert citizen called 911.

Slidell Police say the child was unresponsive and sweating profusely when Officer Joshua Funck broke into the vehicle. Temperatures outside were reaching 90 degrees at the time. While being rushed to the hospital, the infant was revived and 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 heroes in my book."

With temperatures reaching over 130 degrees inside of the vehicle, police say they discovered that the infant had been locked inside of the vehicle for more than thirty minutes.

Police say the infant's mother, 44-year-old Gloria Elzy, came running out of the store when she saw officers standing around her vehicle. When the officers told Elzy why they were there, she was allegedly in complete shock and told officers that she forgot her child was even inside of the car. Police say Elzy claimed she dropped off her other children at a friend's house and forgot to take her 5-week-old out of the car.

Elzy was placed under arrest for felony Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles and for a failure to appear warrant.



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