90 year-old woman left in hot car gasping for air

Daughter charged with cruelty

A Hahnville woman has been charged with cruelty to the infirmed after allegedly leaving her elderly mother locked inside her vehicle for nearly 40 minutes while she shopped at the Boutte Wal-Mart.

Pamela Madere, 62, of 400 St. Charles Place, was inside the store when a Wal-Mart assistant manager notified the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office that a woman was locked inside Madere’s Chevrolet Impala.

According to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes, the officer found the woman, who appeared to be in severe distress and gasping for air, in the car, which wasn’t running. Yoes said there was about a two-inch opening in the passenger window.

“The officer was unable to get her to unlock the door after several attempts,” he said.

Madere approached the vehicle and, according to Yoes, she told the officer she had only been in the store a few minutes.

But the store’s surveillance footage revealed Madere entered the store at 11:12 a.m. March 4 and returned to her vehicle at 11:50 a.m., 38 minutes later.

Yoes added the deputy described the vehicle interior as hot and muggy. The elder woman was transported to and treated at St. Charles Parish Hospital. Adult protective services was alerted and is investigating the incident.

Madere was released on bond from Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility.


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