Authorities have charged a grandmother after she left two children and a dog alone in a hot car with the windows rolled up for nearly an hour Wednesday. The Charleston Police Department were called after a 6-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy were found crying and upset while locked in a car in Wednesday’s sweltering heat. A dog was also in the car.
The Charleston Post & Courier reported the children’s 81-year-old great-grandmother, Geneva Johnson, was in the West Ashley Wal-Mart store shopping. Witnesses say an employee came out and convinced the children to open the car door and brought them inside to cool off. Johnson said she was only in the store for a few minutes. However, witnesses said it was almost an hour.
She has been charged with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child and animal neglect. She was being held in the Cannon Detention Center pending a bond hearing Thursday afternoon.
The children were taken to St. Francis Hospital to be checked out and were found to be alert and later released to a family member. The dog was given to a family friend.