MERRIAM, Kan. (AP) – Two people have been charged on suspicion of leaving their 2-year-old niece inside a sweltering car at a shopping center parking lot in Merriam.
Twenty-four-year-old Mylesha Anderson and 23-year-old Marques Anderson were charged Wednesday with aggravated child endangerment. They are being held on $25,000 bail.
According to authorities, a shoe store employee alerted her manager on Saturday that she had seen a child in a car, covered in sweat and crying. The two attempted to smash the vehicle’s passenger window until someone showed up with a truck hitch and got her out. The effort to rescue the girl was caught on cellphone video.
Police and paramedics arrived on the scene, and the child’s vitals were checked before she was released to other family members.
It was not immediately clear if the Andersons have an attorney.