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Tennessee mother, allegedly left baby in hot car to have ‘a drink’ on the National Tequila Day, authorities say

Rachel Vanwagner has been charged with child abuse and neglect.

(Shelby County Sheriff’s Office )

A Memphis, Tennessee mother accused of leaving her baby in a hot car while she went inside a restaurant to take part in National Tequila Day festivities on Tuesday, authorities said.

The mother, later identified as 26-year-old Rachel Vanwagner, allegedly went inside Cazadores Mexican Grill in Arlington, while her baby remained in the car, in the restaurant of the hotel car park.

Authorities were called to the people in the party heard the baby crying, NBC12 reported.

When Shelby County sheriff’s deputies arrived they reportedly found the baby on the back seat of the car, which was not on. The windows were slightly rolled down and the car doors were opened.

Temperatures of around 7 hours that day, when the incident occurred, and were almost 95 degrees, NBC12 reported, although the temperature in the car was probably warmer.

The baby was removed from the car and examined by first responders, the news station reported. Around that same time, Vanwagner allegedly walked out of the restaurant without shoes, telling deputies she was in the restaurant for about 30 minutes for a drink,” according to the news station.

Vanwagner was arrested and later charged with child abuse and neglect, NBC12 reported.

The child is now staying with family, according to WREG, who added that the state of the Department of child services has been notified.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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