You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Dad facing charges after good Samaritan saves baby from hot car


A baby left in a car outside a Georgia courthouse on Monday was transferred to her grandmother's custody after her father  was pulled out of a courthouse and arrested for child cruelty.

The baby was taken from the car by a woman who saw the child's father leave her there.

“I’ve been in my car for the last five minutes and I’m perspiring and my body is overheated, so you can imagine how hot it was for the 3-month-old child who was left in this car,” said Phoebe Fletcher, the woman who removed the baby from the car. 

"The doors were locked, so I kind of got one of the windows down and I just took her; took her, the diaper bag,” Fletcher said. “Soon as I got her, she was smiling."

Fletcher said the girl's father, 37-year-old Courtney Kidd, apparently thought court staff told him babies aren't allowed in the courthouse. 

More popular and trending stories

Courthouse sources told WSB-TV the father tried to take the baby through security but was told to take the baby out of her car seat and send the car seat through the scanner. Kidd turned around and left. Fletcher said she saw Kidd as he was leaving.

“He said, ‘I didn't know we couldn't bring babies in,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said she tried to tell him that wasn’t true.

She said she watched as Kidd took the baby to the car, cracked the windows, locked the doors and went to court. Soon after, she unlocked the door and took the baby inside.

When deputies got Kidd out of court, he tried to go to his daughter, but deputies wouldn't let him.

Fletcher said she did what she hopes anyone would do.

“I have a daughter and I would never leave my baby in the car and I wouldn't leave anybody else's either,” she said.

Besides the child cruelty charges he faces, Kidd also has a long rap sheet and is on probation

(Source: WSB-TV)



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Dating website matches Trump supporters
Dating website matches Trump supporters

One California man wants to "make dating great again" with a Trump-themed dating website. Trump Singles is a not-quite-new, but suddenly ignore-at-your-own-peril dating site is aimed squarely at supporters of the president-elect. Founder David Goss launched the site in May 2016 for "like minded" people with the same political views...
Person drives $385K Ferrari off bridge in Austin, goes airborne for 40 feet, officials say
Person drives $385K Ferrari off bridge in Austin, goes airborne for 40 feet, officials say

A person who was charged with driving under the influence drove a $385,000 Ferrari off a bridge in Austin, Texas, went airborne for 40 feet and crashed into the woods while speeding on Friday night, Austin fire officials said Tuesday. >> Read more trending stories  The driver and two other occupants had only minor injuries, fire officials...
TV star Todd Chrisley’s daughter seriously injured in car accident
TV star Todd Chrisley’s daughter seriously injured in car accident

Get-well wishes are going out to Savannah Chrisley, daughter of Todd and Julie Chrisley from the USA series “Chrisley Knows Best.” Savannah Chrisley was driving in a rainstorm Monday night when she reached down to fix her floor mat. The floor mat became wedged under the gas pedal and her car veered into a guardrail as soon as she looked...
Lowe's lays off about 2,400 assistant store managers
Lowe's lays off about 2,400 assistant store managers

Lowe’s laid off thousands of assistant store managers Tuesday, company officials said. >> Read more trending stories  A company spokeswoman said the layoffs are part of a new store staffing model. The new model will result in the reduction of approximately 1 to 2 assistant store manager positions per store, the spokeswoman said. The...
Captured: Fugitive wanted in death of Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton
Captured: Fugitive wanted in death of Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton

Markeith Loyd, the man wanted in connection with the shooting death of MAster Sgt. Debra Clayton, has been caught.   JUST IN: Here's accused police sergeant killer, Markeith Loyd, being taken into custody at the Orlando Police Department. http://at.wftv.com/2iMLJYdPosted by WFTV Channel 9 on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Earlier, Orlando police...
More Stories