Fayette infant's mother ordered to stand trial in Greensburg
A Fayette County woman who allegedly left her infant alone in a hot car was ordered to stand trial following a preliminary hearing Thursday before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.
Alyssa C. Showman, 29, of Smock was charged by Greensburg police with endangering the welfare of a child after a woman reported seeing a 2-month-old child in a parked vehicle not far from the Medicine Shoppe on East Pittsburgh Street.
“I looked in the car beside me and saw the baby by itself, crying. I walked around the car a couple of times, hoping someone would see me and come out,” Stephanie Wright testified.
It was a hot day and the car's front windows were down, but the back windows were up, Wright said.
When no one came out to the car after a few minutes, Wright said she used her cellphone to take pictures of the baby and the car, then called 911.
Eventually, Showman appeared with a young girl, but then went into the Medicine Shoppe to purchase a beverage, leaving the girl and the baby in the car, Wright said.
Showman returned again, then drove away before police arrived, court records show.
Showman did not testify at the hearing, but her attorney, Lee Markovitz of Pittsburgh, said testimony did not show that the baby was in any danger.
“The baby was left in the car with an 11-year-old child. The front windows were rolled down. Where is the danger to the child? ... Anyone who leaves a child in an unlocked car even for a few minutes is guilty of a crime?” he said.
Assistant District Attorney Judi Petrush said state law mandates that children cannot be left unattended if they are out of their guardian's view.
“We don't know how long the baby was alone before (Wright) got there,” Petrush said.
Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or email@example.com.
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