A man was taken away in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon after a child was left alone in a van in the Walmart parking lot as temperatures reached the low 90s.
Although the Pine Bluff police didn’t identify the man, the Jefferson County jail log shows a man named Kevin Spink, 46, of Platteville, Wis., was booked into the adult detention center at 7:36 p.m. Wednesday on charges of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor.
Pine Bluff Police Department spokeswoman Regina VonTungeln said the female child — who was locked alone in a hot conversion van — appeared to be about 2 years old.
Police were called to the scene at about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday and an ambulance was called shortly thereafter.
At the scene, a female Walmart employee said she had gone out to the parking lot and heard the child screaming inside the van. As she looked for someone to help with the situation, the child stopped making noise. A passerby, Thomas Mitchell, broke out a back window in the van so that the child could be removed.
A manager at the scene said the baby was covered in sweat. The group took the child inside, dried her off and changed her diaper before the ambulance arrived and took her to the hospital.
Meanwhile, according to witnesses at the scene, a man, believed to be Spink, and an older female child were inside the store shopping. Police located the man, interviewed him and placed him in handcuffs. The older female child was handed over to protective services.
The condition of the 2-year-old and further details weren’t immediately available.
The National Weather Service listed a temperature of 92 degrees for Pine Bluff at the time of the incident.
The incident comes on the heels of a series of incidents involving small children in Jefferson County.
Latasha Cannon, 22, was arrested Monday after she allegedly said she was responsible for the smothering to death of her 4-month-old son. She has also denied having hurt the child. She is being held without bond on capital murder charges.
Britanny Cole of Altheimer was arrested Sunday after she allegedly put her 9-month-old son in a trash can. She faces felony-level charges of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Ivory Jones, 23, was arrested May 9 after he allegedly contributed to the death of his 2-month-old son. He faces first-degree murder charges.