Grandmother arrested after baby left in hot vehicle

North Vernon Police have arrested a grandmother after she allegedly left an infant in a hot vehicle.

Officers report that they were called to a business parking lot on State Road 3 at about 2:39 p.m. yesterday afternoon. Passerby were holding a 1-year-old infant that they said had been crying inside a locked vehicle. The child had been freed from the vehicle before police arrived and officers say the windows were only partly down and the vehicle was not running.

The baby’s grandmother, 62-year-old Mary S. Andres of Dupont was found inside of the store with her other grandson. She allegedly told police that the infant had been sleeping when she pulled into the parking lot and that she did not plan to be in the store for long.

She was arrested on a preliminary felony charge of neglect of a dependent. Child Protective Services were also contacted and assisted at the scene.