NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– Two children were found by a New London police officer dripping sweat and reddened from the heat after they were left in a hot car Tuesday afternoon.
Police say around 4:58 PM, a car in the area of 200 State Street caught an officer’s attention because the driver’s side rear door kept opening and shutting very quickly.
When the officer investigated the car, he found a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old in the car without any adults around. They were dripping sweat and their faces were reddened from the heat, police said.
All the windows were found to be rolled shut and the doors were unlocked.
The owner of the car, 60-year-old John Morgan, told police he just stepped into his officer for a “few” minutes. Officers however say they were on scene for more than 10 minutes before Morgan came out to the vehicle.
He was charged with two counts of risk of injury to a minor and held on $150,000 bond.
New London’s temperature at the time of the incident was 83 degrees and when a thermometer was placed in the car for 10 minutes, the inside temperature reached 100 degrees with 58% humidity.