HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) – Hobbs Police say a babysitter is behind bars accused of leaving a child in a hot car for several hours, resulting in the child’s death.
Police say 41-year-old Tammy Brooks was babysitting a two-year-old child named Zariah on September 17 around 6:30 a.m. According to police, Brooks was supposed to drop off the child at daycare, but instead, drove to work.
Authorities report that the child was left unattended in a car seat for several hours before Brooks realized the child was still in the car after running an errand at Wells Fargo at 1:30 p.m.
She says she drove across the street to the Harbor Freight where she called 911. Police say when they arrived, it was clear the girl had been dead for some time.
It got up to 88 degrees in Hobbs on Tuesday during that time.
Brooks was arrested and charged with abandonment or child abuse of a child that resulted in death. She is currently in Hobbs City Jail and will have an arraignment on September 18, 2019.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Hobbs Police Department at 575-397-9265.