A group of strangers stumbled upon a 20-month-old girl sweltering in a car outside of a Chipotle. After unsuccessfully attempting to find the girl's mother, later identified as 29-year-old Tiquana Pasco, one of the women in the group removed the girl from the car.
"She opened the door and pulled the child out because she was awake with just sweat pouring down her face," Jeremy Welch told KCTV. "The other woman got a bottle of water and was giving her some water and we were just holding her."
When the group began taking the girl into Chipotle so she could cool down in the air conditioning, Pasco burst out of a Game Stop store and began accusing the group of taking her daughter
Pasco demanded that the group return her child, but they declined to do so. There was some back-and-forth before Welch and Pasco eventually became involved in a physical altercation.
"She just grabbed my shirt and yanked it and I told her, 'Ma'am, I am going to restrain you now,'" Welch said. He put Pasco on the ground and held her until police arrived.
In his report, the officer who responded to the scene noted that it was 89 degrees in his vehicle.
The mother was taken into custody and the child was checked out by EMS before being released into the car of a relative.
Pasco was booked on an investigative hold and is facing up to a year in jail if she is convicted of second-degree child endangerment. Welch plans to file charges against Pasco.