The woman told WSB-TV she went to the trunk and asked the boy what he was doing, and the child responded a man told him to hide.
She helped the child get out of the trunk and waited for Woods to return, Marbury said. Woods allegedly drove off when he saw the boy escaped from the trunk.
The woman who found the boy called police, and the ex-boyfriend was arrested as he was speeding through the parking lot.
The boy’s mother had earlier told him to call police if her ex-boyfriend came around, according to WSB.
The boy was not injured.
Temperatures had been in the upper 70s in much of metro Atlanta Tuesday morning.
Woods told WSB he was innocent, repeating, “I didn’t do it.”
He was also charged with reckless driving and reckless conduct.
Police said the mother’s quick thinking made a difference in the case
“I have an 8 year old son myself so it really scared me,” the mother said.