It’s summer time, so you know what that means: it’s time for the annual warnings not to leave children and pets inside of hot cars with the windows rolled up. This should be a given, but apparently it’s not. As an example of this, Portland, Oregon nanny Kirstin Marie Jones is facing multiple charges after police say she left a 3-year-old boy and a 2-month-old girl unattended in a minivan, in 90-degree (32 C) weather.
Jones, 23, left the children to work on her tan in a tanning salon, according to KOIN6. She pled not guilty on Friday, after the grand jury indicted her of two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, reckless endangerment, first-degree child neglect, and one count of driving on a suspended license.
Just the woman you want watching after your children; she practically advertises herself with a rap sheet like that.
Police say that an officer was sent to the Sunblaze Tanning salon parking lot at 2:40 in the afternoon, intending to checking on the welfare of the children left in the car. Portland Officer Rian Hamby arrived to find the two children screaming and sweating in the Dodge minivan, with the windows rolled up.
Hamby said that the boy was “soaked in sweat” and that he could feel “heat radiating (from the child) through his bullet proof vest.”
Court documents say that Hamby was removing the children when Jones joined him. She initially claimed that she’d left the children with their mother in the minivan, but admitted later that the story was fabricated and she’d left them unattended.
According to a DHS worker, the mother was at work all day. Jones said she lied to the officer because she was scared.
At the hearing, Judge Karin Immergut ordered Jones to have no unsupervised contact with children, and told her that she may not work as a nanny. Jones’ next hearing is on the 15th of August. Thankfully, Officer Hamby was able to save the children, before they were claimed by a harsher fate.
You can watch the video below from KOIN6: