Mother charged after leaving child in car for 2 hours while at DCS appointment

Jennifer Ost, 27, was charged with neglect of a dependent and endangering a dependent. (Anderson Police Dept.)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WTHR) — A mother left her small child in a hot car for almost two hours Tuesday while she was interviewed by the Department of Children Services and a social worker.

The child was found in the unlocked vehicle with all the windows rolled up and he was “extremely wet from sweating inside the vehicle” as temperatures hovered around 86 degrees, our news gathering partner, The Herald Bulletin reported.

Jennifer K. Ost, 27, has been charged with neglect of a dependent, endangering the dependent, a level 6 felony.

Ost gave birth to a baby boy on July 12 and took the newborn inside to her appointment. However, she left another child in the car.

When asked by officers why she left him, she said he refused to go inside for the appointment.

The child was sweating heavily and was examined.

Both children were taken into DCS custody, according to the affidavit obtained by the Herald Bulletin.