A woman was arrested Wednesday in Owasso, after police said she left her baby inside a hot car while she went to a liquor store.
Owasso police released body camera video taken as officers responded to a report of a child locked inside a car in the parking lot of a liquor store near Owasso Expressway and East 86th Street North. Police said the child appeared to be in distress, had red, clammy skin and was sweating and crying hysterically.
Officers said the car did not have a key in the ignition, and the air was turned on low, but no air was moving. The front windows had been rolled down about 1 to 2 inches. The child was standing in the back seat and there was no child restraint in the car, police said.
Officers got the 1-year-old boy got out the car and put him in the patrol car to cool down. He was only wearing a wet diaper, and police said the baby was, “clammy to touch and had a bright red skin tone on his face, chest, arms and legs.” Paramedics were called to respond to the scene in case the child needed treatment, officials said.
The child’s mother, 24-year-old Gretchen Anne Markovics, was detained while walking toward the car. Police said they believe the child was inside the hot car for about 15 to 20 minutes.
According to police, the temperature outside was 88 degrees with a “feel like” temperature of 91 degrees, and the humidity was 59 percent. The car was parked in direct sunlight, with no shade available, police said.
Markovics was arrested on a complaint of child endangerment. The child was taken to a hospital as a precaution, police said.