Police break car window to save child, make unexpected find

Kara Dixon/WAVY Photo
Kara Dixon/WAVY Photo

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It’s been an unseasonably hot week in the Hampton Roads area. That’s why when a concerned parent saw what looked like a child in a locked car, she called 911. What happened after that phone call angered the vehicle’s owner.

Kara Dixon/WAVY Photo
Kara Dixon/WAVY Photo

Suffolk police responded to a call on October 20th at 12:09 p.m. in the parking lot of Northern Shores Elementary School, hoping to save a young child’s life.

The owner of the car, Jasmine Turner, told 10 On Your Side’s Kara Dixon that she was out shopping for supplies with her boss when police called her, saying there was a child inside her vehicle. Turner said she told police that she didn’t have children, so there wouldn’t be a child in her car.

“I don’t have a baby so I’m like, ‘Where’d the child come from? Who put the child in my car?'” Turner said. “I’m as surprised as they were when they got the phone call.”

Police broke the vehicle’s window anyway, but they didn’t find a child. Turner says they found her wig, which was on top a pile of blankets.

She says before breaking the window, police called her and asked how long it would take her to return.

“By the time I get from Walmart back to my job, the police aren’t there. The windows busted out of my car and there’s glass everywhere,” Turner said.

Turner says she was able to clean out the glass, but is afraid to drive her car because of safety concerns.

“I really can’t take my car anywhere around Suffolk. Anywhere actually,” she said.

Turner says it will cost her hundreds of dollars to get it fixed but police told her they couldn’t pay. She believes the money shouldn’t come out of her own pockets.

“I just want my window fixed and them to pay for it, either being in a rental or whatever the case is. I can’t take off work. I have bills to pay,” she said.

The police department says they notified Turner about the damages to her car and gave her contact information for the City’s Risk Management Department to get repairs.