Police: Lancaster man, woman arrested after leaving kids in hot car

A Lancaster man and woman who went inside Walmart to buy medicine were charged on Wednesday after police say they left two children in a hot car parked outside the store.

Police responded to the Walmart on S.C. 9 Bypass West at about 6:10 p.m. after receiving calls about children who were left in a black Ford Focus, according to a Lancaster Police report. Police found a 7-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother sitting in the backseat of the car with the windows rolled down half way.

The temperature outside, police estimated, was 90 degrees.

Both children declined getting into the back of an officer’s patrol car to cool off, the report states. They explained that they had been in the car for about 20 minutes.

The boy told the officer his foot was hurting and his parents had gone inside Walmart to get him medicine.

The children’s mother, Tabitha Griffin, 28, told police her kids had been in the car for about 10 minutes. She told officers she did not want to take her son inside the store because of his foot injury.

The officer looked at store surveillance video showing the Ford Focus pull into the parking lot at about 5:48 p.m. The officer arrived on scene at 6:10 p.m.

Warrants were issued for Griffin and Jonathan Jones, 30, who turned themselves in to authorities and were charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.

By Thursday morning, they were still held at the Lancaster County Detention Center on bonds of $20,000 bonds.