DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — Firefighters and police officers rescued a young boy from a hot car in the parking lot of a retail store on Sunday.
The windows were rolled up, the doors were locked and the vehicle was not running, according to a press release from the DeFuniak Springs Police Department.
Firefighters with Walton Fire Rescue were already on scene as officers arrived.
The 5-year-old boy was found in the back seat of the car, "sweating profusely." His clothing was soaked with sweat, the release said.
Temperatures reached above 90 degrees outside on Sunday.
The boy was taken to Healthmark Regional Medical Center for evaluation, but was later released.
During the investigation, the mother walked up to emergency personnel. She advised that her son refused to walk with her and wanted to stay in the vehicle, according to police.
The 19-year-old mother was arrested and taken to the Walton County Jail where she was charged with child neglect.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Child Protection Unit was notified and responded to ensure the well-being of the boy.