Prestonsburg police officers rescue child from hot car

Prestonsburg Police rescued a child under two years of age from a hot car. ( Image: Pixabay - downloaded MGN)
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT)- Officers with the Prestonsburg police department said they responded to complaints of a child left unattended in a hot vehicle on Tuesday.

Concerned neighbors told dispatchers a small child was left in a parked truck on Cliffside Circle in Prestonsburg and that no adult had been seen in the hour before the call.

Callers said that the child was crying and had been for some time. Two officers arrived on the scene within minutes.

According to a release, officers found a boy under the age of two strapped in a car seat in the rear of a pickup truck, which was not running and had windows that were barely cracked. The child was wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt.

Prestonsburg Fire and Emergency Medical Services were notified and the child was transported to ARH Highlands by Lifeguard Ambulance where he was stable but dehydrated.

Police arrested the child’s mother, Crystal Hamilton of Pikeville, and lodged her in the Floyd County Detention Center on charges of criminal abuse and wanton endangerment. The child was returned to his grandparents by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The incident remains under investigation.