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Grandmother accused of leaving toddler in hot vehicle

July 23, 2019

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Racine woman is accused of leaving her 3-year-old grandson in a hot vehicle while she shopped at the Dollar Tree.

A criminal complaint says police were called when someone spotted the toddler in the vehicle with the windows up Friday when temperatures were in the 90s. The complaint says first responders broke a window to rescue the boy who was “limp and very warm to the touch.”

Authorities say Sharon Hickmon began shouting at first responders when she returned for breaking her window. The 55-year-old grandmother is charged with misdemeanor child neglect. She appeared in Racine County Circuit Court Monday when a signature bond was set.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Sept. 23.

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