Greenfield mom arrested after leaving 2-year-old child in hot car while she allegedly sold clothes

WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Greenfield mom is accused of leaving her 2-year-old daughter in the car on an 81 degrees day. 

Cassandra Coleman, 35, is facing charges of Neglecting a Child.

Police were called to the parking lot of the Brookfield Family Restaurant, located at 1800 W. Bluemound Road, on August 3 for a report of a child sleeping alone inside of a vehicle on an 81 degrees day.

According to the complaint, the vehicle was running and the windows were rolled down.

A witness told police that she waited outside for ten minutes and no one came to check on the child. The witness said she was nervous that someone would come and take off with the child in the vehicle since it was running.

Officers made contact with the Clothes Mentor store where the witness had seen the mom come out and take off with the vehicle.

A store employee told police that the woman had been inside for 56 minutes selling clothes. The woman, later identified as Coleman, had allegedly only looked out the window once towards the vehicle and exited a second time for less than a minute.

Officers made contact with Coleman who said she left her child in the vehicle but claimed to have checked on her a few times.

Coleman allegedly told police that she was having a bad day since she had already gotten into an accident earlier in the day.

When asked why she would leave her child in a running vehicle with the windows down, Coleman allegedly said that the air conditioner wasn't working and the windows were down so the air would circulate.

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