Jennifer Ost Indiana mother arrested after leaving toddler son alone in hot car while attending interview appointment with DCS social worker.
Jennifer K. Ost, 27, of Milroy arrived with her newborn to an appointment with a DCS at Community Pediatrics in Anderson – about 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis, on Tuesday. According to court documents, she gave birth to her son four days earlier and signed him out of the hospital against medical advice.
Police said the appointment was scheduled at 2:30 p.m. with Ost arriving at 2:40 p.m. After a physician examined her baby, she became ‘evasive,’ ‘belligerent’ and started cursing at the DCS employee during the interview, court documents said.
The hospital received a phone call around 4:30 p.m. regarding a small child in the parking lot, Fox 59 reported. A police officer found a young boy in the car, watching a movie on cell phones. It was reportedly 86 degrees outside.
Police said all of the car windows were closed and the child was sweating profusely. The officer brought the boy inside. Police determined the car belonged to Ost after running the license plate.
Ost allegedly told authorities that her toddler did not want to come to the appointment with her so she left him the car. Ost was arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent. Both of her children were taken into DCS care.