Grandfather accused of leaving 2 kids in hot car

Grandfather accused of leaving 2 kids in hot car

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - Kennett police officers rescued two children on Tuesday after being left in a car.

According to the Kennett Police Department, around 3:15 p.m. officers were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter parking lot to check on two small children left in a car and passed out.

According to the probable cause statement, when officers arrived, the children, five and six years old, were conscious but very hot and flushed. They say the vehicle was turned off and there was no air conditioning for them. They say the children were also unattended.

Police say the two children were in the car with the windows rolled down and several worried witnesses.

When police found the children's grandfather, Clois Reed, inside Walmart, they say he told them he had left the kids in the vehicle unattended for 10 to 15 minutes so he could do some shopping.

In the probable cause statement, it says officers brought the children into Walmart to get them out of the heat. The grandfather, Reed, told them he had to go out to his car to check on his property inside.

Officers say they told Reed he could not go to his car right now. They say that's when Reed said he was going out to his car and started to walk away.

According to the probable cause statement, an officer grabbed Reed by his right wrist and told him to stop. Reed then allegedly pulled away from the officer and the officer hit himself in the mouth.

The officer said he grabbed Reed again by the wrist and told him to put his hands behind his back.

Reed allegedly refused and began to struggle.

He was then arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment and resisting arrest.

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