In Charleston, South Carolina, a 3 year old was found without clothes left in a hot vehicle in a Big Lots parking lot. A concerned passerby immediately called police and provided water to the dehydrated child.
When police arrived, the toddler told them that while waiting for her grandmother to return, she became so hot that she cut off her clothing with a pair of scissors she found in the car, due to her being unable to take her shirt off without help.
Officials then made their way into the store, and had an employee announce the situation, causing 55 year old Pamela Lawson to leave and head towards her vehicle.
After being confronted by the police, Lawson claimed that the child had already been naked prior to their arrival, that the AC had been left on, and that she had just been inside for fifteen minutes, all of which were refuted by a Big Lots employee, the three year old, and the witness that notified authorities.
As the grandmother continued to argue, one of the store’s employees notified the officers that multiple items in Lawson’s purse were stolen items from their store. They were then returned.
Though the company ultimately decided not to press charges, Pamela Lawson was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct towards a child. She was later granted a $5,000 bond that she posted on Monday.