SOUTHGATE (WWJ) – A Downriver mother is facing charges after she allegedly left her baby alone in a cold car outside a local Sam’s Club.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office says 35-year-old Jamie Lyn Stefanko of Ecorse,left the infant in her vehicle unattended, as it was parked outside the store on Northline Road in Southgate, in Wednesday.READ MORE: ACLU Sues Michigan State Police, Claims Racial Profiling, Black Drivers Pulled Over More
A concerned passerby called police after seeing the child alone in the vehicle at around 5 p.m. When officers arrived, they arrested Stefanko at the scene.READ MORE: Woman Finds 95-Year-Old Message In A Bottle In Michigan
Video of the incident has circulated on social media, showing the tearful mom being placed in handcuffs. (Click here to view. Note: Contains some explicit language)
Reports say the child could have been in the car for up to an hour, while the outside temperature was in the 30s. The mom allegedly told officers that the girl was sleeping and didn’t want to wake her up.MORE NEWS: Here's A List Of Bills Gov. Whitmer Signed Into Law Thursday
Stefanko faces two misdemeanor charges of fourth degree child abuse, with an arraignment scheduled for Monday in 28th District Court.