Babysitter facing charges for leaving 8 kids in hot van

Kayla Cutter (Source: Dearborn County Sheriff's Department)
Kayla Cutter (Source: Dearborn County Sheriff's Department)

AURORA, IN (FOX19) - A babysitter is facing charges after police say she left eight kids in a hot car while she looked at a NASCAR display at Wal-Mart.

Kayla Cutter, 24, of Moores Hill, Ind. is charged with eight counts of child neglect and possession of a knife.

According to the Dearborn County Sheriff's Office, Cutter left the children unattended in a van on Thursday while she checked out a NASCAR race car that was on display at Wal-Mart.

Police say the temperature outside exceeded 90 degrees, and the children, who ranged from 13 months to 13 years old, were red and sweaty when found by officers. One of the children, a 6-year-old, was sunburned with blisters and an injured toe.

The children were left unattended in the van for approximately 25 minutes.  The van was not running and there was no air conditioning.

Cutter told officers that she was the responsible caregiver of the children and that she was the "dad" to half of the children. Police say the eight children were from four different families.

Lt. Douglass Barnett with the Cincinnati Fire Department says the car could have gotten as hot as 150 degrees, much too hot for young children.

"Usually the smaller children are the ones that can't compensate for something of that nature and they can wind up perishing or having some serious injuries," said Barnett.

Cutter is being held at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.

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