WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother was arrested after leaving an infant wrapped in a blanket inside an unlocked car while they shopped.
At 4:05 a.m. Tuesday, an officer was called to the Walmart on Wilkinson Lane for a report of a baby left inside a car.
The caller told officers two women approached him as he was exiting the store and asked if he would help jump their car. The women looked for jumper cables but were not able to find them in their own car so they asked him to wait while they went inside to purchase some.
He waited about 10 to 15 minutes, during which he began to hear an infant crying in the women’s vehicle.
The man called dispatch for help. When the responding officer arrived, he found the front passenger window either rolled down or missing, and the car was unlocked.
The officer said the child was in a rear-facing car seat that was covered with a blanket. The baby was reportedly “screaming, flushed and drenched in sweat.”
Next to the child was a bottle of milk that was warm and had a foul odor, according to the officer.
A sergeant arrived at the scene and watched over the child as the officer went inside the store to locate the two women. He eventually located one of them, identified as Brenda Stewart, browsing in the electronics department.
The officer found the infant’s mother, Scotty Eggers, looking at televisions. She admitted the child in the car was hers.
When the officer explained the infant’s condition, Eggers blamed her companion, saying she knew she shouldn’t have left him alone but only intended to be in the store “for a minute.”
Eggers offered several different reasons for leaving her child in the car alone, including going inside to look at phones, phone chargers, and leaving him because he fell asleep, according to the police report.
She was arrested and charged with child endangerment and neglect. Her bond was set at $50,000 and the baby was removed from her care.
Eggers’ bond conditions state she is not to have contact with the infant until further advised by DCS.
Emergency responders cleared the baby after changing his soiled diaper. A night manager from Walmart gave the baby fresh milk.
The officer attempted to reach the baby’s grandmother but was unable to.
Officers took the baby to the White House Police Department until the Department of Children’s Services could arrive and pick him up.
The second woman, Stewart, was also arrested but on an active larceny warrant out of Robertson County.