Lafayette mother accused of leaving child in car

The booking photo of Kiya Harris is shown. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette woman is accused of leaving a baby inside a car on a warm summer day for more than one hour.

Kiya Harris, 23, faces felony charges of neglect of a dependent.

Officers with the Lafayette Police Department were called to the parking lot of the Wal-Mart on Veterans Memorial Parkway June 3, after receiving a call about a baby left alone in a car.

They found Harris’s baby, who was less than one year old, crying inside the vehicle. The baby was taken to St. Elizabeth East to be treated.

Lafayette police said Harris did not return to her car until one hour after police were contacted. They said she also started to drive away without noticing the baby was no longer in the car, before she was stopped by police.

She was arrested and booked at the Tippecanoe County Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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