Schererville woman charged with neglect of dependent
August 28, 2013 1:04PM
Updated: August 28, 2013 1:29PM
Prosecutors have charged a Schererville woman with leaving her 1-year-old daughter in a van with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees on Aug. 18.
Leah Nichole Grentzer, 34, is charged with neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony.
Schererville Police responded to the parking lot of the Strack & Van Til, located at 1515 U.S. 41, after an unknown caller reported that an infant was left inside a vehicle unattended.
Upon arrival, an officer opened an unlocked sliding cargo door to the van and removed the child, placing her in a squad car. A woman identifying herself as a nurse helped monitor the child until Schererville EMS arrived.
Police couldn’t located Grentzer, so they transported the child to Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer.
Shortly afterwards, Grentzer came out of the store and told police that she had forgotten her daughter was inside the car when she went inside.