Police: Babysitter left children unattended in car


A 20-year-old woman who was babysitting two children faces two Level 6 felony charges of neglect after police said she left them in her vehicle unattended for nearly an hour Thursday morning in Seymour.

Adrianna Hehman was arrested by Seymour officers following an incident reported to police at 10:08 a.m.

Police Chief Bill Abbott said officers were called to Schneck Medical Center by hospital security reporting children left unattended in a vehicle.

An employee of the hospital told security they were walking in the parking lot and heard a baby crying from a vehicle, police said.

When the employee walked up to the vehicle, they saw two children unattended without car seats in the back seat with the doors locked. Abbott said the car was not running and the windows had been cracked about 2 inches.

Cpl. Jason Wynn responded and unlocked the vehicle before taking the children, who are 1 and 3, into the hospital for evaluation. The children were not injured and were released.

Police tried to contact Hehman, who Abbott said is expecting a child, but were unsuccessful.

Officers were able to make contact with Hehman about 50 minutes after the employee discovered the children in the vehicle, Abbott said. It’s unclear how long they were in the vehicle before the employee saw them.

Police contacted the mother and the Jackson County Department of Child Services.

Hehman told officers she was in a doctor appointment and was only gone for five minutes, Abbott said. When asked why she didn’t take the children with her, she said because they did not have shoes.

Police said Hehman also drove from Brownstown to the hospital without car seats.

Abbott said people should not leave children unattended in a vehicle because of the dangers of temperatures and the children’s safety.

Hehman was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 11:36 a.m. Thursday without bond.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years upon conviction. The advisory sentence is one year.

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