Scott County couple arrested for leaving 16-month-old in car alone

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A Scottsburg couple face child neglect charges after police say they left their 16-month-old child in the car alone while they went shopping.

Police arrested 22-year-old Ashley Davis and 25-year-old Clayton Koch on Sunday night. Officers were called to the Jay C Food store in Scottsburg after a woman spotted the child locked in a car in the parking lot with no parents or guardians to be found.

Troopers arrived and found the child buckled into a car seat in the back of a white 2001 Mitsubishi, which was locked. One trooper stayed with the child while another went into the store to find the child's parents.

Koch and Davis told troopers they left the child alone in the car because they didn't want to wake the child, who was sleeping when they arrived at the store. The child was left alone for around 20 minutes, and was not injured.

The Division of Family and Children in Scott County took custody of the child.