The case of a Berea grandmother accused of leaving her grandchild in a hot car will be continued next month in Madison District Court.

Tammy Gorman, 40, of John Ballard Road, is charged with second-degree wanton endangerment and is out on bond. Gorman was represented Friday in court by her attorney, Jimmy Dale Williams, who did not enter a plea or guilt or innocence for Gorman. The case was continued by Judge William Clouse until Sept. 12.

Gorman was arrested July 21 at the Berea Wal-Mart after concerned shoppers spotted a small child asleep in a locked car with the windows rolled up. Bystanders who noticed the 4-month-old infant called police, who then tracked Gorman by running the tags on the vehicle, said Berea Police Capt. Ken Clark. After determining the vehicle’s owner, police then paged Gorman inside the store over the public address system and alerted her to the child.

Gorman told police she had forgotten about the child and unlocked the car door so the infant could be rescued. Surveillance video verified that the child was unattended in the vehicle for 35 minutes in 86-degree weather, Clark said.

Approximately 25 children a year die as a result of being left or becoming trapped in hot vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131 to 172 degrees when outside temperatures are 80 to 100 degrees.

Even outside temperatures in the 60s can cause a car temperature to rise well above 110 F, the NHTSA reports. When the outside temperature is 83, even with the window rolled down two inches, the temperature inside the car can reach 109 F in only 15 minutes.

The four-month-old infant in the Gorman case was not injured and was released back into the custody of his parents at the scene.



Heather Harris can be reached at hharris@richmondregister.com or by phone at 624-6694 or 893-2341.

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