Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center
(Aurora, Ind.) – Aurora Police say eight children were left in a hot van as outdoor temperatures exceeded 90 degrees while their babysitter went into a store Thursday.
Kayla M. Cutter had taken the children, ages 13 months to 13 years, to the Wal-Mart off of U.S. 50. They were all left in the van for about 25 minutes while Cutter went into the box store where she was later found looking at a NASCAR race car which was on display, Aurora Chief of Police Bryan Fields said.
The van was not running and there was no air conditioning as a result.
Those children were found by officers to be red and sweaty.
A six-year-old child was sunburned with blisters and an injured toe. He was treated by Aurora Emergency Rescue.
When she was located, Cutter, 24, of Moores Hill, told officers that she was the responsible care giver of the children and that she was the “dad” to half of the children.
Cutter was arrested and booked into the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on eight felony counts of Child Neglect. She was also charged for possessing a switchblade knife, a misdemeanor.
“Never leave a child unattended in a hot vehicle, not even for a minute. If you see a child left in a hot vehicle call 911 immediately,” Field said.
The case remains under investigation. The Aurora Police were assisted at the scene by the Dearborn County Department of Child Services and the Aurora Emergency Rescue Unit.