Police charged a Lula mother with reckless conduct Thursday after officers reported she left her infant son in the car and went off to shop for beauty supplies.
Megan Elizabeth Dean, 25, left Sally Beauty Supply in Stonebridge Village plaza in Flowery Branch after seeing emergency vehicles near her car, said Lt. David Spillers, assistant chief of Flowery Branch Police Department.
Dean's 13-month-old son was rescued when she activated the automatic locks to the vehicle, he said.
The infant boy was distraught, Spillers said, but not injured as a result of the ordeal around 12:30 p.m.
Someone who spotted the child alone in the car parked near Ross department store first called 911.
The child, restrained in his car seat the entire time, was left alone at least 15 minutes, Spillers said.
Hall County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the 911 call and examined the boy for overheating as well as other injuries.
The National Weather Service reported Thursday temperatures were rising to the mid-60s in Hall County and Northeast Georgia at the time of the incident.
"The EMTs and the fire department staff related to us that the temperature was at least 100 degrees in the automobile," Spillers said.
"It would've been a completely different situation had it been July, August or September. We'd have had a completely different result."
Police are required to notify the Division of Family and Children Services when cases involve children.
The agency told officers to turn the boy over to his father, who arrived to his child's side shortly after the incident, Spillers said.
Dean was released from Hall County Jail around 6:15 p.m. after making a $1,200 bond, sheriff's deputies said.