VALLEY, Ala. (WRBL) – An East Alabama mother is facing child endangerment charges after Valley Police say she left her 8-month-old baby in a locked car in the parking lot of Valley Walmart.
25-year old Casey Hornsby was arrested Tuesday, July 17th around 5:00 in the evening. Major Mike Reynolds tells News 3 a Walmart employee noticed the baby in the car. Major Reynolds says the employee had gone on a break and noticed Hornsby leave her car with another child and walk into the store. Reynolds said when the employee returned from her break she saw the baby in the car. Reynolds says the employee notified security and a bystander broke out the window to rescue the baby. Reynolds says the baby was lethargic after being in the locked vehicle for about 15 minutes. The child was checked out by EMS on the scene and was determined to be okay. Valley Police are grateful for the public’s assistance in noticing the baby and acting to remove the child from danger.
Police say they located Hornsby inside the Walmart with another child. She told police she forgot the baby was in the car because she had not been sleeping well. Police have charged her with Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Hornsby was taken to the Chambers County Detention Facility. Hornsby lists a Roanoke and Lanett address.
Major Reynolds says DHR was called to the scene and took Hornsby’s baby and her other child to their father.
News 3 is following up on this story today and will have more information starting tonight on News 3 First Edition.