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Georgetown woman accused of leaving 2-year-old child inside 130 degree van

Georgetown Police say 54-year-old Leia Payne left her 2-year-old grandson inside a hot van while she went into a store last Friday. (Photo: Williamson County Jail)

Police in Georgetown say a woman left a 2-year-old boy inside a van that reached a temperature of 130 degrees last Friday.

According to an affidavit, police were notified around 4:50 p.m. of a child left inside a vehicle in front of a store at 1019 W. University Ave.

A witness told police the van had only one window open and a small child was inside. The boy was "red, sweating, and calling for help."

When officers arrived, the found the boy secured ina child seat in the front of the van. An officer opened an unlocked door and removed the 2-year-old, who was sweaty and in "extreme distress."

According to court documents, an officer tried to give the boy cool water, which he refused. The officer then applied the water to the boy's head and arms to slowly cool him down. Georgetown EMS arrived to treat the boy for heat exhaustion.

Police say a woman, identified as 54-year-old Leia Payne, came to the vehicle and said she was the child's grandmother, and that she had come to the store to pick up family members shopping there.

Payne told police she left the boy in the van unintentionally, and was only in the store a few minutes.

When police were able to view surveillance video from the store, however, they discovered that Payne has inside the store for 24 minutes.

The Georgetown Fire Department took a reading of the internal temperature of the vehicle and found it to be 130 degress, even after the doors had been opened.

Payne is charged with abandoning/endangering a child with intent to return, a state jail felony.

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