Crystal Dawn Hamilton

A Pikeville resident who allegedly left a baby alone in a hot car is facing felony charges in Floyd County.

Crystal Dawn Hamilton, 41, of Pikeville, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for allegedly leaving a toddler alone in a hot car for more than an hour. 

Prestonsburg Police Sgt. Ross Shurtleff and officer Randy Woods responded to the parking lot of Cliffside apartments to investigate a complaint that was made by concerned neighbors who reported a child had been left in alone in a vehicle for an hour and had been crying for some time. 

Shurtleff reported in the arrest citation that witnesses reported seeing the truck parked in that location at 1:55 p.m. and they confirmed the 22-month-old toddler was in the vehicle at about 2:30 p.m. 

“I arrived in the area and heard the child crying from the parked truck,” Shurtleff wrote. “The truck was not running, all four windows were cracked no more than one quarter of the way down. The outside was 84 degrees.” 

He reported that the toddler was “covered in sweat” and his clothes “were soaking wet with sweat.” 

“He was dirty in appearance and his diaper was full,” Shurtleff wrote. “When he saw me, he reached to me and appeared in distress.” 

According to the arrest citation, Hamilton told Shurtleff that she was doing laundry and that the toddler was sweaty because he had been playing. 

“Both witnesses refuted that statement,” Shurtleff wrote in the citation. 

Prestonsburg Fire Department assisted at the scene. The toddler was transported by Lifeguard Ambulance to ARH Highlands where, the department reported, he was “stable but dehydrated.” The Cabinet for Health and Family Services placed the child with his grandparents, the department reported. 

“We would like to thank the party who finally notified us of the situation, as it could have been much worse had they not. Witnesses are cooperative with the investigation which remains in progress by Sgt. Shurtleff,” a statement from the police department said. 

Hamilton was charged with felony charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12. 

She pleaded not guilty in Floyd District Court on Wednesday. District Judge Jimmy Marcum set her bond at $5,000 and scheduled a preliminary hearing for Oct. 23.

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