Police: Marietta woman arrested after leaving child in car
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July 17, 2014 03:28 PM | 2091 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Melissa Mae Jackson
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MARIETTA — Police have arrested a Marietta women accused of leaving a child in a parked car outside a Lowe’s in Sandy Springs.

Melissa Jackson is charged with reckless conduct after police were called regarding her 2-year-old daughter who witnesses say was left in a car in the parking lot early in the afternoon Sunday.

Witnesses called police after seeing the child in the vehicle during the early afternoon, where temperatures reached 86 degrees. They said the child was crying and pressing against the windows, which were up, according to Sgt. Ron Momon.

The child, whose name is being withheld, was in the car for about 10 minutes, Momon said.

Jackson left the location prior to the arrival of police, authorities said. She was contacted Thursday and surrendered to detectives at police headquarters.

The Cobb County Division of Family and Children Services is also involved in the case.

Jackson’s arrest comes almost a month after a child died after being left in hot car in Cobb.

Justin Ross Harris of Marietta remains in custody after police charged him with murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. Investigators say the toddler was strapped in his car seat for 7 hours June 18 while Harris was at a Home Depot office, where he worked. Company officials have said Harris has since been terminated.

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