Woman who discovered four-year-old boy in car speaks out

Updated: 07/11/2014 11:16 PM
Created: 07/11/2014 10:36 PM WHEC.com
By: Scott Kilbury

A young Rochester mother is accused of leaving her four-year-old son in the car while she was at work. On Friday evening, News10NBC talked to the woman who discovered the boy and called 911.

“As soon as I pulled into park, I looked to my right and I saw a little boy pop his head up from the car and I was like, ‘there’s something wrong.’”

The young woman, who didn’t want to be identified, discovered the four-year-old boy locked in a car in the TGI Friday’s parking lot in Victor Thursday night.

“So I rolled down my passenger window and I yelled out, 'Are you okay?' and he said, ‘no’. So that's when I got out of my car and walked up to him and he opened his door a little bit and I said, 'Are you okay?' and he said, 'No, I'm scared.'”

Thelma Edwards is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Police say she left her son in the car for over two hours while she was working at the restaurant. The car was off, but investigators couldn’t tell if the windows were down or cracked.

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero said, “Besides the issue with heat stroke, a young child in a parking lot, in a public area could also have some disastrous results from the child being able to get out of the car and into traffic.”

Investigators say the child is okay and right now is in custody of child protective services. Edwards is behind bars and could face up to a year in prison if convicted.

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