Deputies: Woman found passed out in car with child on her lap in frigid temperatures

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Laurel County deputies arrested a woman passed out in a car with a child on her lap Saturday morning off KY 30, about one mile northeast of London.

Deputies were dispatched to a complaint about a woman passed out in a vehicle on the side of the road. They found Melisha Harris, from Manchester, slumped over the steering wheel. The car was off but in drive.

On Harris’ lap was an 18-month-old with only a shirt and diaper on. Deputies said the infant was shaking and cold and was starting to turn blue. The child was taken away in an ambulance. The child's internal temperature was 95.1°. Deputies said the temperature outside the car was in the low 30s when they found the child.

"They said these temperatures are extremely dangerous, that when their body temperature gets that low, that it's really difficult and very dangerous, but they were able to get the child's temperature back up," said Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies woke up Harris and she began fighting them. Harris was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence, criminal abuse, and other charges. She was taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

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