Mother cited for leaving son alone in hot car

by: Leslie Coursey Updated:

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

Another mother is in trouble with the law for reportedly leaving a child in a hot car.

Jessica Desaray Burroughs, 31, is facing a misdemeanor citation.

Two people going door-to-door selling chocolates first noticed the child sleeping in the car.

They called 911.

A deputy with the Clay County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and found a 2-year-old boy in a car seat in the back seat, sweating but responsive.


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The woman's Ford Explorer had all four windows rolled down, according to the report.

Investigators believe the child was alone for at least 30 minutes.

Burroughs told Action News it was an honest mistake.  She said the boy was being watched by neighbors and that she's nothing like the other mothers arrested this past week.

"I just felt like this big, you know. Because these kids are all I have," said Burroughs.

She said the boy was being watched by neighbors and that she's nothing like the other mothers arrested this past week.

"My son was parked way up here. I had my door open. I had people watching him at like three different houses," said Burroughs.

The incident is the third in the past week involving children being left alone in hot cars.

Police said 49-year-old Vivian Guo left her 5-year-old daughter in a hot car outside the Costco near the St. Johns Town Center last Sunday.

Deputies in Nassau County charged 25-year-old Michelle King with neglect.  Investigators said she left her 18-month-old son in a hot car for four hours in Yulee earlier this week.

Both children are recovering.