Woman faces abuse charge after child left in car

QCS Staff

A woman has been charged with felony child abuse after she allegedly left a seven-month-old baby locked in a car in temperatures near 100 degrees Tuesday evening.

Tucumcari Police arrested Kelby Koile, 43, at Lowe’s Supermarket, Tucumcari, after Sgt. Rusty Shafer  and Cpl. Clay Huffman responded at 7:20 p.m. to reports that a child and a dog had been locked in a passenger vehicle, Chief Jason Braziel said.  The officers found Koile and had her unlock the vehicle, Braziel said, and the child was taken to Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital for examination.

The National Weather Service reported temperatures of 99 degrees at 6 p.m. and 98 degrees at about 8 p.m. in Tucumcari Tuesday evening.

District Attorney Tim Rose said he is pursuing charges, because the baby faced endangerment from being left in the car.  The car’s windows were open to some level, he said, but that increased the danger of being taken.  The open windows also would not completely prevent danger to the baby from heat, he said.

Koile was released from the Quay County Detention Center Wednesday morning after posting a $10,000 bond.

The condition and placement of the child are not known.

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