Woman arrested after infant left in car in Walmart parking lot

Published: Sep. 16, 2019 at 6:11 PM EDT
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A Martinsville woman

after an infant was left alone in a car in a Walmart parking lot Monday.

Deputies watched surveillance video from the store security cameras and determined the child had been left in the car with the engine off for less than 10 minutes. All evidence was then reviewed with the Commonwealth's Attorney and Child Protective Services.

That led to the arrest of 62-year-old Francis Kissee of Martinsville for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, which is a misdemeanor. She was then released on a $1,500 bond.

WDBJ7 is working to find out about the relationship between the infant and the suspect, and how the charge relates to the accusation.


A child was left in a hot car in a Martinsville Walmart parking lot before being freed by a citizen breaking a window.

According to the Henry County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched around 11:30 Monday morning to 976 Commonwealth Blvd. after receiving a 9-1-1 call.

After seeing the window had already been broken, the infant was taken into a store, where EMS evaluated the child, who wasn't hurt.

According to surveillance video obtained by deputies, the child was left in the car for less than 10 minutes with the engine off.

This case still is being investigated.

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