A Salt Lake couple has been charged with reckless endangerment after police say they left their 2-year-old son in a hot car while the couple shopped.
The couple were shopping inside Sears, 754 S. State, when a customer noticed the unattended child inside a car May 11, according to charges filed Monday in 3rd District Court.
"The window of the vehicle was rolled up all but 1/4 inch," according to the charges. "The child was screaming and crying. When the child would put his head against the window, sweat would drip down the window."
Officers broke out the car's window and the boy was "hot to the touch and his clothes were damp and sweaty," when police pulled him out of the car, court documents state. The child was taken to Primary Children's Medical Center and treated for dehydration.
The temperature was between 73 and 75 degrees with a slight breeze on the day of the incident, according to court documents.
The boy's mother, 21, told police that she had gone inside the store briefly to get her husband, 23, and their other son, according to the charges. The father said his wife was supposed to wait with the child until he awoke.
Each parent faces one count of reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.