PITTSBURGH - A mother and stepfather are facing serious charges Wednesday after police said they left a 2-year-old inside of a hot car while they drank inside a bar.
According to police, 30-year-old Terri Hymes, of Homewood, and 27-year-old Archie Howard, of Garfield, are facing multiple charges after someone called 911 to report the boy in the car.
Pittsburgh police said when they arrived at the bar on Frankstown Avenue, the child was found slumped over, sweating and unresponsive in a car seat.
Investigators said the windows of the car were cracked open, however the temperature at the time was 80 degrees with 70 percent humidity. The boy was immediately taken to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he has since been treated and released.
"You see a lot of things out there when you are a police officer. These kinds of issues that involve children really pull at their emotions a lot,” said Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Sonya Toler.
The criminal complaint stated, “As police gathered outside the vehicle waiting for medics to arrive, the mother exited the bar and attempted to get in the car and drive away.”
Officers said Hymes was visibility intoxicated.
"Unfortunately, the woman was apparently intoxicated -- slurred speech, bloodshot eyes," Toler said.
Howard left the bar a short time later, and police said he caused a “disturbance with his voice and failed to obey police orders.”
Howard and Hymes were both taken to the Allegheny County Jail. Hymes is facing felony child endangerment charges in addition to public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges. Howard is facing misdemeanor child endangerment charges and both public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges as well.
During a preliminary hearing in municipal court, Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported Hymes was apologetic and remorseful.
Hymes’ neighbor was shocked by the allegations.
“She’s a very good mother. She is always with her son and outside playing and watching him,” the neighbor said.
The boy is now in the custody of Children Youth and Families.