Police dashcam video captured the interaction between mother Colleen Walker, 30, officers and firefighters.
“He wasn’t in the car for two hours, it was like, 12 minutes,” Walker told police as she walked out of the store, adding her son had wanted to stay in the car while she shopped.
“Don’t get all huffy and puffy because I’m not going to feel bad for you. I don’t care,” the firefighter said.
The witness who called 911 said the child was left for about 20 minutes and that the child was crying and screaming.
The manager of the store told police Walker has been walking around the store for nearly 30 minutes.
Surveillance video showed Walker in the store for about 30 minutes with her 3-year-old daughter.
A firefighter told Walker her son was lucky to be alive.
“We get cases and cases where, 10, 15 minutes the kid is dead,” the firefighter said.
The South Daytona Fire Department checked the temperature of the vehicle, which was 107 degrees.
The child’s vitals were checked and he was OK.
Police said while she was being driven to jail, Walker told officers to put on the air conditioning because it was “too hot.”
“She was complaining that the backseat of our patrol car was too hot on her way to the jail, and asked the officer to turn the AC up,” Lt. Dan Dietrich said.
She’s facing child neglect charges and was jailed on a $5,000 bail. Walker could face up to five years in prison if convicted.