Luverne woman leaves child in locked car

Published 11:15 am Monday, June 29, 2009

A Luverne woman was arrested after bystanders discovered her one-year-old child locked inside an automobile at the Greenville Wal-Mart on Sunday, said authorities.

Valla Leigh Furr, 28, was charged with endangering the welfare of her child. The child was freed when an off-duty sheriff traveling through the area broke a car window, said Greenville police.

After reviewing Wal-Mart security cameras, Greenville police estimate the child was inside the car for approximately 50 minutes. It took police an additional 30 minutes to locate Furr inside the Wal-Mart, said authorities.

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Paramedics from the Greenville Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the child to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital. Fire chief Mike Phillips said the child had a temperature of 101 degrees.

“As I understand it, the child is doing fine now,” he said.