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story.lead_photo.caption Karlee Mae Spear and Ashlee Jean Danley ( Benton County sheriff's office )

Two Missouri women were arrested on Sunday after police received a call about an infant locked in a hot car outside a Northwest Arkansas Walmart, authorities said.

Pea Ridge police were dispatched to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, 240 Slack Street, at about 2:30 p.m., according to a Facebook post by the department. When officers arrived, citizens had broken a window in the vehicle and were attempting to cool down the baby, who was transported to a hospital for treatment, the post states.

According to police, the infant was in stable condition as of Sunday afternoon.

The two women accused of leaving the baby in the vehicle had reportedly been shopping inside the grocery store for roughly 45 minutes when they were arrested.

The pair, 21-year-old Karlee Mae Spear and 26-year-old Ashlee Jean Danley, both of Seligman, Mo., were taken to the Benton County jail, where an online jail roster showed they remained Monday evening.

Spear faces one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, while Danley faces one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, according to the roster.


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  • PopMom
    August 13, 2019 at 5:40 a.m.

    Why don’t they give the baby up for adoption as they are simply too stupid to care for it?

  • jiminyc56
    August 13, 2019 at 7:49 a.m.

    They are very lucky the baby didn't die. At 2:30 pm it doesn't take long for a car to become an oven in this Arkansas heat. Thank God someone noticed the baby and took action.

  • wowy
    August 13, 2019 at 8:35 a.m.

    wowy bail these two, give good spanking

  • Jfish
    August 13, 2019 at 8:38 a.m.

    Please make this an automatic felony and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. I am sick of reading about "parents" or "caretakers" intentionally or unintentionally leaving their children or animals in hot cars to die or be brain damaged. Really, has our society eroded this far? Also, it is not the responsibility of car manufacturers to ensure that you don't leave your child in a car.

  • hogfan2012
    August 13, 2019 at 10:49 a.m.

    How does this keep happening? I have been distracted in my life, but would never leave an unattended child in a car.
    JFISH - how can the car manufacturers possibly be held responsible for the ignorance and stupidity of the human race? While you are at it - make them pay all speeding tickets since they should be responsible for the automobile exceeding the speed limit.....

  • Jfish
    August 13, 2019 at 11:27 a.m.

    Hogfan, not sure how you came to that conclusion after reading my post.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 16, 2019 at 1:04 p.m.

    hang them

    August 16, 2019 at 2:14 p.m.

    "Also, it is not the responsibility of car manufacturers to ensure that you don't leave your child in a car." Just another example of a car being used as a weapon to do harm. Cars that can be enclosed should be banned. (Sorta like the blaming the gun instead of the person.)