A Wisconsin man who was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly left a small child in a locked vehicle on the Walmart parking lot was released later that night after posting bond.
According to the Jefferson County jail log, Kevin Spink, 46, posted a $760 bond on a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree and was released just before 11 p.m.
Police were called to the parking lot of the business at about 4:20 p.m. Police spokeswoman Regina VonTungeln said the child appeared to be 2 two years old.
VonTungeln said the police investigation indicated that Spink had dropped his wife off at Cato’s, which is located near Walmart, and thought she had taken the infant with her, which she usually did.
A Walmart employee had gone to her car in the parking lot when she heard a child screaming in the van and a passerby, Thomas Mitchell, broke out a back window of the van so that the child could be removed.
A manager at the scene said the baby was covered in sweat. She was taken inside the store where she was dried off and her diaper changed before being put into an ambulance and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center to be examined.
“We’re really happy that the situation turned out like it did because it could have been a whole lot worse,” VonTungeln said.
After the incident Wednesday,VonTungeln said she was asked if leaving a child in a car with the motor and air conditioning running was a better alternative and she said she replied “no.”
“I’ve seen cases where a child hit the gear shift and all of a sudden, the vehicle has crashed into a building,” she said.
VonTungeln said in a press release that Spink and his wife are traveling missionaries.