HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The woman who left an infant in an unattended car Monday, Sept. 16, in Henry County has been charged with a misdemeanor.
According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Francis Cabiness Kissee, 62, was charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
“When it was looked at, the endangerment, which is a felony, this is what it felt fit the best criteria of this incident,” Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said.
Kissee is alleged to have left an infant in a car at a Walmart located at 976 Commonwealth Boulevard on Monday. The sheriff’s office said a call was dispatched at 11:34 a.m. reporting the infant in the unattended car. When deputies arrived at 11:37 a.m., a customer had already broken the window of the car and removed the infant who was taken in the store and evaluated by EMS personnel. It did not have any injuries.
The sheriff’s office said Walmart surveillance showed the car was vacant for less than 10 minutes and the engine turned off.
Kissee was released after posting a $1,500 unsecured bond.
“A child was in a car and it shouldn’t have been left unattended. That’s the bottom line,” said Sheriff Perry.
The case has been turned over to the Commonwealth Attorney and Child Protective Services, the sheriff’s office said.
The person who broke the window of the car to get the baby out will not be facing any charges; however, Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry says that person could still face a civil suit.
“What they did isn’t a crime, because they didn’t have the intent to vandalize the car,” said Sheriff Perry.
“A lot of people want to look at this and make their decision one way or another. But the person there was in the shoes standing beside the car looking at the child and made a judgment call. They made a judgment call and all we can say is fortunately a child is safe. The rest is something that can work out however it does.”
Some, like Walmart shopper Kara Hundley, are praising the person’s actions.
“As a parent, if that were my child, I really hope the situation that did happen, happened. I would hope that someone would break out the window. Yesterday it was almost 100 degrees, so even 10 minutes in the car it too long,” said Hundley.
The relationship between Kissee and the infant is unknown. WFXR News stopped by her home to see if she wanted to comment, but no one answered the door.