By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Police: Mom of 4 left toddler in car while shopping at Walmart
11-month-old girl was treated for heat exposure
Amber Sue Adams

CUMMING — A 26-year-old mother of four remained in custody Thursday, a day after Cumming police say she left her youngest child in a car for about an hour.

According to police, Amber Sue Adams has been charged with reckless conduct and cruelty to children in the second degree. Her bond amount was not immediately available.

Police say Adams left her 11-month-old daughter in the car with the windows up and doors locked while she went shopping with her other children in Walmart on Market Place Boulevard.

Adams is the second Forsyth County resident to be arrested this week after reportedly leaving a child in a car while they went shopping.

According to a report from the Milton Police Department, 31-year-old Joseph Anthony Iatauro of Cumming was charged with reckless conduct Monday night after he left his children, ages 2 and 4, in the back of his running Cadillac Escalade in the parking lot of Target on Hwy. 9.

In Wednesday’s incident, Lt. Bryan Zimbardi with Cumming police said officers were notified about 5:15 p.m. by Forsyth County Emergency Medical Services, who were en route to care for Adams’ child outside Walmart.

Zimbardi didn’t know who called 911 or what the temperature reached inside of the car, only that it was warm.

“By the time our officers got there, EMS had actually caught up with the mother and was in the process of basically getting ready to transport the infant,” Zimbardi said.

The girl was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite for treatment of apparent heat exposure. She was released that night and was in good health Thursday, according to Zimbardi.

He added that a grandmother picked up the other children from the store.

Reports of children being left in cars have made state and national news this summer following the June 18 death of a toddler in Cobb County.

The boy died after his father left him in a vehicle for hours while working. He has since been charged with murder and child cruelty.