Woman arrested after leaving her child in hot car while getting manicure, RCSD says

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department reported the arrest of Dougrica Lewis, 32, for unlawful conduct towards a child.

According to the department, deputies were dispatched to reports of a child who was left in a vehicle unattended at a parking lot on St. Andrews Road around 11:25 a.m. Thursday.

RCSD noted that the deputy who responded saw the child sitting inside the vehicle by himself with the windows cracked, on the driver’s side only. The outside temperature at the time of the incident was around 80 degrees. The deputy could see that the child was sweating, the department reported.

Deputies reached through the cracked window, unlocked the car door and removed the child from the back seat. According to the department, the officers went into the nail salon and approached the only woman who was inside getting a manicure (later identified as Lewis). She was questioned about the child.

Lewis said she had done nothing wrong by leaving her son in the car, because she could see him from inside the salon, according to the RCSD. She said she had to leave her toddler inside the vehicle because the nail salon had a policy that prohibited children under 10-years-old to enter. Her child was taken to the hospital for an evaluation. Representatives from RCSD said the toddler’s current condition is not known at this time.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott noted the importance of never leaving children unattended in vehicles at any time.

Categories: Columbia, Crime, Richland County

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