Woman assaulted after catching mom leaving child in hot car

- Kelly Winfrey was shocked to find a toddler alone in a hot parked car Monday.

She calls for help but in the meantime, she found herself fending off an angry mom. The mother  then assaulted Winfrey and then rammed her vehicle with her car, before she took off.

Now Winfrey is worried she didn't learn her lesson.

"I don't even leave my dogs in the car," she said.

So Winfrey wants to know how anyone could leave a toddler in a vehicle even with the windows cracked in the sweltering heat

She witnessed it Monday afternoon when she took her grandson to the Save-A-Lot on Eight Mile in Detroit.

"When I came out of the store I was strapping him in the car seat and through the window I could see a little hand creeping through the window next to me waving, so I waved back," she said.

Winfrey looked inside the Dodge Journey and realized someone had left their baby trapped inside the vehicle that was getting hotter by the minute.

Before calling police - she waited hoping someone would come out, but she says it took nearly 15 minutes.

"She's like what's up, he's with me? I said ma ‘mm you have to be careful, she said this isn’t your business," Winfrey said.  "He straight now he's straight now - I said it is over 80 degrees out here, I said don't do that ever again. She went nuts."

Winfrey says she went to call police and take a picture of the woman's license plate, it didn't take long for the mother to become aggressive.

"I went behind her car and pulled my phone out," Winfrey said. "And she put her car in reverse and rammed my car. I put my car in park and I went to open the door and she came rushing over there. She snatched the door open, she grabbed my shirt."

And all of it happened while Kelly was on the phone with a 911 operator, but by the time police arrived - the woman was gone.

The car with that specific license plate FOX 2 found out is registered to a house on Dale Street in Detroit. But when we got there no one was home and the car is nowhere to be found.

Winfrey, who is now left with a damaged vehicle, is worried this woman may do this again. She filed a police report and made a complaint with child protective services - hoping authorities get involved before it is too late

"If nothing else I hope this scares her so she never tries his again," Winfrey said. "Hot, cold, spring, summer babies die every day like this."

FOX 2 was unable to get security video from the Save-A-Lot but the security guard confirmed what happened. Kelly was told by police and Child Protective Services that they were pursuing this case.

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