Police arrest parents after infant left in car seat, in empty parking lot


LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. (WTHI) – Two people were arrested by Lawrenceville Police Tuesday morning following a series of 911 calls, that led to the finding of a 4-month-old infant, left buckled in a car seat in the Lawrenceville Walmart Parking Lot.

Lawrenceville authorities said Jarrad Armour, 22, of Vincennes, called police to report that his child had been taken from his vehicle. The call came in to Lawrence County Dispatch around 3:50 AM Tuesday. “I mean it was unreal, at three o’clock in the morning, it’s the last thing you want to hear,” said Jim White, Lawrenceville Police Chief.

White, alongside Lawrenceville Police, and Lawrence County deputies responded to the call.

Around 4:00 AM Tuesday, police say, Lawrence County Dispatch received a second call, in reference to a Walmart staffer discovering a baby left in its car seat, sitting in the parking lot screaming. That Walmart staffer was likely reporting for work. According to its website, Walmart opens on Tuesday at 6:00 AM. The child was found well before the store’s opening time.

At this time, police say, they began questioning the parents who reported the baby missing. Chief White said, Jarrad Armour and his wife, Andrea Armour, 20, of Vincennes were giving [police] inconsistent answers about the baby’s disappearance. That led to the couple’s arrest for obstruction of justice, according to court documents.

Chief White, and fellow Officer Sapp, then asked Walmart to produce the store’s security camera images.

“Officer Sapp went out to Walmart looked at the video, we made our determination, upon that time we placed the male and female under arrest,” White said.

Police say, after further questioning, the Armour’s admitted to using drugs, and a subsequent vehicle search yielded left over meth materials.

“We believe that due to the fact they used drugs earlier in the evening, that they were not paying any attention and left the kid,” said White. “The baby did not appear to be neglected, the baby was in good health, and was just happy to see us”

Officials say they banded together at the scene, to get formula for the baby, and officers spent the morning feeding and interacting with the infant.

 

Jarrad Armour faces charges including possession of methamphetamine, child endangerment, obstruction of justice, and possession of a weapon.

Andrea Armour faces charges including possession of methamphetamine, child endangerment, and obstruction of justice. As of Tuesday night both were being held in the Lawrence County Jail.

It was not clear at the time of this story, when the Armours’ would appear in court.

Chief White also noted during a Tuesday interview, the couple produced drivers licenses that listed Evansville, Ind. as living addresses, however, both were staying at a residence in Vincennes.

Chief White said, the two appeared to be visiting a friend in Lawrenceville.

 

 

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