A 2-year-old child was rescued Tuesday after being locked inside a car parked outside a movie theater, police say.[[296599621,L]]
Mesquite police confirm they were called to the theater after someone spotted the young child locked inside a white Chrysler 300 sedan parked outside the AMC Mesquite 30 theater.
"We received a call from someone coming to the movies here at the AMC 30 at about 11:32 this morning saying there was a white colored Chrysler parked in the handicapped spot that had a child in it," said Mesquite police Lt. Brian Parrish.
Police said an announcement was made inside the theater for the owner of the car to come out, but that the car's owner didn't come out for some time.
Meanwhile, police arrived within minutes and a short time later firefighters were breaking out the front passenger window to free the little child. The girl, police said, was in good condition after being rescued.
"The child was not in distress, wasn't crying, was just staring at the officers," said Parrish.
A man, later identified by police as 46-year-old Leroy Price, was arrested at the scene on outstanding warrants for traffic tickets.
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Police believe the little girl was in the car for hours.
Police said Price told them the girl was in the car this morning when he dropped his other child off at preschool. Price then told investigators he went home and took a nap and later headed to the movie.
Police said Price is now charged with abandoning or endangering a child with intent to return. The charge is a felony.