With all the recent stories about tragic hot car incidents around the country, the actions of several strangers to rescue a 20-month-old girl who was left alone in a sweltering car could have been a happy exception.
Except that Tiquana Pasco, the 29-year-old Kansas City woman who is the child’s mother, allegedly reacted to the rescue by physically attacking the people who helped save her daughter, Fox 4 Kansas City reported:
According to a probable cause statement, Pasco told police she was inside the Game Stop to return a cord and was inside for three to four minutes before coming out and seeing a stranger holding her child. She told police she “scuffled” with one of the witnesses who was standing between her and the witness holding her child. After she was detained she told police, “I was totally wrong for leaving her in the car.” She also said she was aware of the recent cases where children died as a result of being left in a hot car according to the court document.
Police said the car was not running and the windows were cracked. The temperature inside the car was 89 degrees when police arrived, according to Fox 4 Kansas City.
Jeremy Welch, the man who said he was hit by Pasco, told Fox 4 that he and his wife had just finished dinner when they spotted the girl.
“I noticed as I passed a car parked in a handicapped spot that there was a child in the backseat, she was unattended, the windows were cracked, it was 91 degrees out and she was sweating profusely,” he told the station. “Finally my wife said, ‘the little girl can’t stay in there.’ She opened the car and pulled the child out. The woman with the car next door, she got a bottle of water and was giving the little girl some water.”
They called the police and when Pasco emerged from the store, she demanded to know who took her child, according to KCTV News.
Witnesses said Pasco tried to yank the child away from the strangers, who tried to take the girl into a nearby Chipotle to cool off until the police arrived. Pasco allegedly followed them and punched Welch when he tried to prevent her from taking the child out of the arms of a woman who was holding her.
According to the KCTV News, the child vomited multiple times during the scuffle.
Pasco has been charged with second-degree child endangerment, a misdemeanor. The child was placed in the care of a godparent, according to KCTV.