According to Mt. Juliet police Capt. Tyler Chandler, the officer arrived after he received a call to find the 2-year-old child screaming crying and sweating to the point his hair was soaked. The vehicle was not running. The officer broke one of the car’s windows to get the child out.
Medics said the child was OK, and the mother, Mariam Banoub, 30, of Mt. Juliet, was found inside the store with a 4-year-old child. Information from the scene led officers to believe the younger child was intentionally left unattended for about 25 minutes.
After resisting officers, Banoub was arrested and charged with leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, child neglect and resisting arrest and booked at Wilson County Jail.
“We are so thankful a watchful citizen saw the child and knew to immediately report it,” said Chandler. “Whether the car is running or not, it’s a dangerous situation for any young child, especially on a hot day. It is also against the law.”
The children were released to their father.