Greenville Police rescue child left in hot car

(Greenville Police Department photos)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Greenville Police have arrested a mother after a 2-year-old boy was rescued from a hot car, where temperatures reached between 104-116 degrees.

Police said in a press release they were called to the car on Thursday at 1:49 p.m. at Zoe's Kitchen and Ulta Beauty, located at 3120 Evans St. They responded to a report of a child left in a hot car. Ashley Caroline Garris, 21, was arrested after she returned to the car at around 2:17 p.m. It was determined the child had been left alone in the car for at least an hour while she went shopping. She was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. DSS Child Protective services is now involved in the case and Garris has been prohibited from having contact with the child. Upon arrival, officers saw several bystanders attempting to gain access to the car. Officials said Greenville Police Officer Elliot Gruhn was able to unlock the car by reaching his hand through a cracked window. He quickly took the little boy into Zoe's Kitchen to cool him down.

The child was transported to Vidant Medical Center by Greenville-Fire Rescue as a precaution and is expected to be OK.