Grandmother arrested in Ridgeland after leaving child in car

ReJohnna B. Mitchell

RIDGELAND, Miss. (WJTV) — A grandmother is arrested after leaving her grandchild in the car on Sunday.

Ridgeland Police charged 56-year-old ReJohnna Mitchell, of New Orleans, Louisiana, with child neglect and resisting arrest.

“We aren’t sure what the exact temperature was inside the car, but the child was dehydrated. He was sweaty, he was dehydrated. It appeared he had been there for probably even longer than when we got the original call,” Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal said.

Police went to the Lowe’s on Countyline Road a little before 7:50 p.m. Sunday after they received a call that a little boy was locked in a car in the parking lot.lowes 1

Police located the vehicle and noticed that a back window was rolled down about two inches. The car was not running.

“Even if the windows are cracked, there’s not much air that is going to circulate there when you’re in a metal box like that in the middle of a parking lot, with no shade or anything,” Chief John Neal said. “With it being 96 degrees outside, that tin box becomes like an oven. We have seen those tragic incidents over and over again.”

Someone passing by was able to help authorities unlock the vehicle. The child was safely removed from the car and examined.

Ridgeland PD said by that time, Mitchell came to the car and said she was the child’s grandmother.

She told police that she stopped at Lowe’s to use the bathroom and decided to shop for plants while she was inside the store.

Police said she tried to resist being arrested.

She has been released from jail after posting a $2,000 bond.

Mitchell is scheduled to appear in court on July 26.


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