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Mother Who Left Baby In Hot Car Has First Court Appearance

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A woman charged with leaving her 6 month old baby alone in a hot car made her first appearance in a Rock Island County court today.

That woman is 20 year old Breyana Harris.

Her grandmother said Breyana is a good mother, who doesn't go anywhere without her kids.

But, the scene at the 36th Avenue Dollar General parking lot in Moline yesterday showed police getting Harris' 6 month old baby boy out of a hot car.

Now Harris is facing two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

Marilyn Shorter said she hopes they can pay $1,500 to get her granddaughter, Breyana Harris, out of the Rock Island County Jail soon.

"Oh, she is a good mom," said Shorter. "Her kids are with her all the time. She doesn't go anywhere without her kids."

After asking her why Breyana left her infant son unattended inside a hot car Shorter said...

"It was just a mistake, it was just a mistake."

20 year old Breyana Harris made her first court appearance today, requesting a public defender.

She appeared timid and very quiet this afternoon, blowing a kiss to her family as she walked out.

The judge said she's being charged with leaving the 6 month old baby inside a car when outside temperatures were in excess of 80 degrees, with a heat index of 87 degrees.

"You cannot leave a child in a car unattended for any length of time and if it goes for longer than 10 minutes, it's actually a crime in the state of Illinois," said Moline Police Detective Scott Williams.

He said the baby was inside the car for at least 20 minutes.

"The child although warm, seemed in fair enough spirits," said Det. Williams. "It was in great distress, happy to see the officers and someone had returned to the car, so I don't think the boy was harmed in any way and the girl that came back with Breyana was fine."


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