Call From Public; Quick Response By Police May Have Saved Infant’s Life (AUDIO)



Jasper (NNDC) – An 18-year old Huntingburg woman has been arrested after police say she left her six-month infant son unattended in a car in sub-freezing temperatures this morning.

JPD officers responded to a call they received at about 1:30 Thursday morning of a suspicious vehicle on West Ruby Court in the Brescher Sudivision on the city’s far westside.

Assistant police chief Nathan Schmitt say the caller also reported that two individuals got out of the vehicle and were walking through several backyards.

When officers arrived at the car, they found the infant inside; along. Schmitt says the car was not running.

Schmitt says at the time, the outside temperature was 16-degrees with a three-degree wind chill.

A short time later, JPD officers located the two individuals, who initially tried to flee from police on foot. ┬áThe infant’s mother, 18-year old Justice Mundy of Huntingburg was apprehended a short time later. ┬áPolice know the name of the second person and an arrest warrant has been issued.

The child was taken into the care of Indiana Child Protective Services.

Schmitt says the initial call from a concerned citizen to police more than likely saved the young child’s life as he very easily could have froze to death…

Schmitt says officers also found several items in the car that are believed to have been stolen. JPD would like to get them identified and back to their rightful owner(s).

Jasper police say if anyone is missing items that could have been stolen, please call JPD headquarters at 812-482-2255 or on the anonymous tip line at 812-481-2677 (COPS).

The department also issued a thank you to the public for helping apprehend Mundy who is now charged with a Level 6 felony count of Neglect of a dependent and a misdemeanor count of Resisting Law Enforcement.

The second suspect faces the same charges.

Schmitt says the call also possibly prevented further crime from occurring.

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