Lewes woman accused of leaving son in hot car for more than an hour

Nicole J. Eames, 34 of Lewes, Del.

A Lewes woman is facing charges, after Police say she left her toddler alone in a hot car.

Delaware State Police say on Friday around 4:45 PM, Troopers responded to the  Dollar General on Savannah Road, in Lewes, for reports of a small child alone in a parked car. Once on scene, Investigators say the two people who had called 9-1-1, had already taken the 2-year-old boy out of the unlocked car.

The boy was apparently seen belted in his car seat with the windows shut, and the engine off. EMS then apparently arrived on scene, and checked the boy for injuries, before taking him to Beebe Healthcare where he was reportedly treated for dehydration and released to a family member.

State Police say the temperature that day reached a high of 94 degrees. After the ordeal, Investigators say they found 34-year-old Nicole Eames inside of the store. Further investigation apparently revealed that she had been driving her vehicle under the influence of a prescription drug, and may have left the toddler in the car for more than an hour.

After her arrest, Eames was charged with reckless endangering first, and driving under the influence of a drug. She was arraigned at JP2, before being released on a $3,000 unsecured bond, with a stipulation of no unsupervised contact with her son.

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