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North Texas women accused of leaving child in hot car in Louisiana

Two Texas women are accused of leaving a child in a hot car Friday afternoon in a Walmart parking lot near New Orleans, Louisiana authorities said.
Two Texas women are accused of leaving a child in a hot car Friday afternoon in a Walmart parking lot near New Orleans, Louisiana authorities said.

Two North Texas women face charges after leaving a child in a hot car at a Wal-Mart parking lot near New Orleans, Louisiana, authorities said Tuesday.

Employees smashed a passenger window to get the 2-year-old toddler, who was sweating profusely and crying, Col. John Fortunato with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. The boy also had vomited on himself.

His mother, Shaun Buchanan, 37, of Newark was in Wal-Mart shopping, along with 25-year-old Cynthia Simmons of Denton. While jail records show Buchanan’s first name is spelled Shaun, public records indicate it is spelled Shawn.

The two women were in the store on Jefferson Highway just west of New Orleans for 20 to 30 minutes, authorities said.

Deputies found Buchanan and Simmons in the store and alerted them to the emergency.

The boy was taken inside the store and treated there before authorities handed him over to his father once he arrived, Fortunato said Tuesday.

Buchanan and Simmons were arrested Friday afternoon and released Saturday after they posted $11,000 bail each.

The boy had been left alone, strapped in car seat with the windows rolled up and the engine off, Fortunato said.

The temperature was about 90 degrees Friday afternoon.

Buchanan and Simmons face charges of child desertion and cruelty to a juvenile, authorities said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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