EL CENTRO — A 34-year-old El Centro woman was arrested after allegedly leaving her 7-month-old child in a locked, non-running vehicle with the windows rolled up Tuesday afternoon at Walmart on North Waterman Avenue.
Jessica Korina Ruiz was taken into custody at 5:37 p.m. by El Centro Police officers and booked into county jail on $100,000 bail on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child, county Sheriff’s Office arrest records stated.
The incident was first reported to 911 at approximately 5:06 p.m. Tuesday, county scanner traffic stated.
A reporting party stated a child was left inside a vehicle, a red Toyota Camry, which was parked and not running in aisle 10 of the Walmart lot.
The child reportedly appeared unconscious at the time, and upon arrival of El Centro Fire Department at approximately 5:10 p.m., the vehicle’s driver-side window was broken to gain entry, El Centro Police Department call logs stated.
The child was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center for further medical treatment.
The reporting party believed it had been about 10 to 15 minutes or possibly longer that the child was left in the vehicle.
Call logs stated the ambient temperature at the time was 87 degrees.
Child Protective Services responded to the incident and reportedly took custody of five additional children by Tuesday evening.