Sheriff’s Office, Job and Family Services investigating child left in hot car

By Lindsay Kriz -

MEIGS COUNTY — The Meigs County Sheriffs Office and Meigs County Job and Family Services are continuing their investigation into a report of a 10-month-old child reportedly left in a hot car Saturday for about 40 minutes.

Deputies received a call at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday and spoke with the child’s mother, Leeanne Stewart, of Rutland, shortly after arriving on scene. Stewart allegedly told police that she incorrectly thought her mother had the child at the park while Stewart had left to return home.

Police did not say where the car was located when they arrived on scene.

Stewart said she returned home to take a nap, unaware that her child was in her car, police said. According to police, she told authorities it was not until she returned to the park to pick up her mother that she realized the child had been left in the back seat.

Stewart’s mother, whose name was not released, told police she placed the child in the back seat because she believed Stewart was going to take the child with her.

The child was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital and is in stable condition. No charges have been filed at this time.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-444-4303.

By Lindsay Kriz