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

According to a DeKalb police incident report, on Tuesday night around 8:30p.m. when temperatures were still in the 90s outside, a women alerted an off duty officer working at the shopping center that a two year old was locked inside a red Hyundai Elantra.

The little girl was "strapped in her carseat" and "sweating profusely and tears were running down her face".

The officer was about to use his baton to knock out a car window to rescue the child, when the mom walked up and said she "just ran into the Kroger for some milk."

But, based on her store register receipts and witnesses, the officer believes the child was possibly in the "hot vehicle for 25-30 minutes."

Police arrested 24-year-old Georgette Hall and charged her with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor.

A relative was called to take the child, said the police report, and Hall was taken into custody.

After a brief court appearance on Wednesday morning, she was allowed to leave the jail after posting a $100 cash bond.

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