WATCH: Woman becomes unresponsive after carer allegedly left her in hot car to walk through park
MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A Memphis woman had to be rescued from a hot car by Good Samaritans while her caretaker was strolling through a park.
It happened on July 4 at Shelby Farms Park.
“People need to stop being stupid, and leaving someone in a car like that is stupid in my opinion,” said John Jennings of Memphis.
Stephani Nunn, 23, a caregiver at Sevita, a residential care center in Bartlett, is accused of leaving her client in a hot car on Monday.
“I just don’t understand how anyone could leave an animal, a child or an elderly person in a car,” said Jamie McQuirter of Memphis.
Investigators said the victim was found unconscious in a car parked near Coastal Fish Company. Only one window was partially down. The affidavit said the woman in the back seat was verbally unresponsive and was sweating.
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When the officers arrived, FOX13 was told it was 92 degrees, with a heat index of 105 degrees.
‘What if the lady had died? What if she had had a stroke?” said Jennings.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies said Nunn returned to the car 40 minutes after the first 911 call was made.
Investigators said Nunn told them she took her client to the park for outside and left her in the car while she took a walk through the park.
“When my mom is that age and I need someone to look after her, you just don’t know. And you want someone with the same standards and morals as you. And that’s hard to find these days. They just don’t care,” McQuirter said.
FOX13’s reporter Dominique Dillon reached out to Sevita’s parent company D and S Community Service for comment.
In a statement, they said:
“D&S Community Services is aware of the recent incident and subsequent arrest of Stephani Nunn. Our concern is with the person we support and we value the members of the community who have provided assistance. In addition to working with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and state authorities, D&S Community Services also conducts an internal assessment. The health, safety and well-being of the individuals we serve is our top priority. We cannot comment further at this time.”
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