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DeKalb County mother spent the night in jail after leaving her baby in a car while she went grocery shopping.


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga -- A reminder that it's not only dangerous to leave a child alone in a hot car, it is against the law.

Wednesday morning in Buckhead, off Roswell Road, an Atlanta Police officer working another crime, spotted a woman leaving her vehicle and locking her child inside.

The officer gave her a verbal warning, but didn't charge her.

That comes on the heels of a DeKalb County mother who spent the night in jail after leaving her baby in a car while she went grocery shopping at the Kroger in a shopping Center off South Hairston Road.

Mother arrested for leaving child in hot car


DECATUR, Ga. – Police arrested a mother who allegedly left her child in a hot car as she went into the grocery store on Tuesday.

According to DeKalb County Police, a shopper notified a police officer that she saw a baby in a car at the Kroger on South Hairston Road around 8 p.m.

The officer found the vehicle and saw a toddler strapped in a car seat. The officer said the girl was "sweating profusely" with "tears running down her face." According to the police report, the car doors were locked and the windows were tightly sealed.

Just as the officer was about to smash the vehicle's window, he said the child's mother showed up carrying a grocery bag. The woman, identified as 24-year-old Georgette Hall, told the officer that she ran into the store for some milk and that she had been gone for "just a few minutes." The mother told the officer "Please don't take my baby from me," and apologized.

Closing arguments expected in Burrell Ellis trial


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Closing arguments are expected Wednesday in the second corruption trial of DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.

The defense ended its presentation Tuesday with several friends and colleagues of Ellis saying he's trustworthy and they would believe him under oath.

But the most intense part of the trial thus far was when District Attorney Robert James peppered the CEO with questions about his past statements.

In his fourth day on the witness stand, Ellis seemed to be splitting hairs about what he said under oath in his first trial, what he was recorded saying on audio tapes and what he actually meant.

Prosecutors begin cross-examination of Burrell Ellis


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Prosecutors began cross examining suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis in his corruption re-trial on Monday.

Ellis is accused of strong-arming county vendors to donate to his 2012 re-election campaign, and threatening to kill their county contracts if they didn't. A jury failed to reach a verdict after 11 days of deliberations last fall.

In cross-examination on Monday, DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James attempted to catch Ellis on inconsistencies between what he said under oath in his first trial and in the current one.

James played back secretly recorded phone calls and conversations with a staffer where Ellis talked about certain vendors and their willingness or unwillingness to give campaign donations. Click the video above to hear testimony.

Proceedings will continue on Tuesday.

Charleston tragedy sparks memories of local church shooting


ATLANTA -- The shooting in Charleston, S.C. has stirred memories at a local church that has also been impacted by a deadly shooting.

In 2012, Greg McDowell was killed while leading a worship service at World Changers International Church.

Vic Bolton expected to walk into a quiet sanctuary with heads bowed. Instead he found ambulances, police and a massive hunt for the gunman.

Burrell Ellis takes stand in corruption trial


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis took the stand in his own defense Thursday.

Ellis is charged with perjury, bribery and theft by extortion. He's on trial for the second time after a first jury failed to reach a verdict.

The defense began to make its case Thursday morning a day after the prosecution rested. Attorneys began by calling character witnesses, including Ellis' wife, to say that the suspected CEO is trustworthy.

Ellis then took the stand to give his version of what he said to county vendors when he called them for campaign contributions in 2012. Ellis' recollections of the conversations were much different than what jurors heard earlier in the trial. He talked of one vendor, Joanne Wise, who said she would not contribute to his campaign because her IT firm had not been selected to receive a county contract.

Prosecution rests in Burrell Ellis re-trial


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – The state rested its case Wednesday in the corruption re-trial of embattled former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.

In the seventh day of testimony about secret recordings between Ellis and county vendors, Terry Merrell reiterated that he felt pressure from the former CEO to contribute to the politician's campaign.

Court proceedings will resume Thursday as the defense begins presenting their side of the case.