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Mom arrested after toddler was left in hot car at Lowe's in Sandy Springs

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A 39-year-old woman who is accused of leaving her toddler in a hot car while she went inside Lowe’s was arrested Thursday in Sandy Springs.

Melissa Jackson was charged with reckless conduct in the incident that happened on Sunday, according to Sandy Springs police. They said her arrest was due in part to the witnesses who alerted investigators to the incident.

Officers responded to the Lowe's on Roswell Road after getting a report of a child left in a hot car in the early afternoon, police spokesman Sgt. Ron Momon said. Investigators said the windows were up on the car in 86-degree weather and that witnesses reported the incident after seeing the crying child.

A Cobb County couple, Amanda and Christopher Stanzione, told police they saw the girl as they were leaving the Lowe’s, according to media repots.

“The little girl had tears running down her face,” Amanda Stanzione told Channel 2 Action News on Monday. “I don’t know really if it was tears or just sweat, because she was sweating profusely.”

The Stanziones called 911 and went back into the store to report the incident to a manager, according to police. The child’s mother was at the customer service counter and apparently overhead the Stanziones, police said. She went to get the girl from the car, they said.

Stanzione told police she confronted the girl’s mother, who said, “'Don’t tell me how to parent,'” according to the police report.
Witnesses were able to provide detectives with a tag number and description of the suspect, which help police locate her, Momon said.

The child was not injured, police said. It's unclear how long she was left in the car.

“We don’t believe she was in there a lengthy amount of time,” Momon said.

Cobb County Division of Family and Children Services were also notified and is also investigating the incident, police said.