OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma babysitter was arrested after police said she left a baby locked in a hot car while she went into a bar.
Ashley McClean, 23, was watching 1-year-old Slade Parks on Wednesday night while his parents were at the hospital awaiting the arrival of a new baby.
Kim Janes, Slade’s aunt, said McClean was supposed to take the boy to his parents’ apartment and put him to bed.
“I don’t know what she was going to do, but she was going to Scooter’s,” Janes said. “So she left the baby in the car, in his car seat, with the windows rolled up.”
“I was bartending,” said Scooter’s manager David Martin. “They just told me somebody left a child out there in a car. Security guards spotted Slade and called police.” “It was hot in there, said Janes. “He was sweating profusely. I’m sure he was scared to death." “I couldn’t imagine it happening. I can’t imagine people doing stuff like that,” said Martin.
While Martin said he was upset about the situation, the child’s father said he was angry. “We got a phone call from police saying they had Slade and they were bringing him to the hospital and they found him locked in a car in Scooter’s parking lot,” said Brandon Parks. Parks said the first words that came to his mind are not ones that he could say on television.
Ashley McClean could face charges for child neglect and endangerment and for obstructing a police officer. Slade’s father said she deserves whatever she gets.