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Mom who went to tanning salon with baby in car: 'I had a bad judgment'

8:39 AM, Sep 3, 2011   |    comments
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Thirty-one-year-old Imene Nouis is facing child abuse charges for leaving her daughter inside the car on Thursday.

"I had a bad judgment," Nouis told 9NEWS on Friday. "Obviously, I'm going to be punished for it."

While Nouis would not do an on-camera interview at her doorway Friday in Parker, her baby daughter was happy and smiling in her arms.

"As a human, tell me one person that hasn't made a mistake," she said. "Thank God it wasn't a detrimental mistake."

Police say Nouis went to the At the Beach Tanning Salon on Main Street in Parker just after 1 p.m. Thursday. Another tanning customer noticed the baby inside the car and notified workers.

"I put my ear against the driver side window and I could hear the baby crying," At the Beach employee Daniel Rohn said.

Rohn figured out the baby's mother was inside a tanning bed and said he did not know she had left the baby outside.

The customer who noticed the baby called police.

When Parker Police showed up, officers escorted Nouis out to unlock her car and get her baby out.

"The windows were rolled up," Officer Sherry Corcoran said.

The baby was sweaty, but OK. Police figured out she had spent 11 minutes in the car by looking at the time on her mom's tanning bed.

They recreated how hot it was in the car by closing it up for 11 minutes by using an infrared thermometer, borrowed from the city's animal control department, on the child's car seat.

"It was 135 degrees in the vehicle," Corcoran said.

"The police officers were upset with her [Nouis], and let her know that," Rohn said. "She just said, 'I'm a good mother and I felt like it was OK, she was sleeping, and I didn't want to wake her up.'"

Nouis admitted her mistake.

"It's just a misjudgment," she said. "It's like anybody that drinks and drives and ends up hurting, injuring, or killing somebody. Are they bad people? No. Will they be blamed for it? Yes."

Nouis was cited for child abuse and released with her baby daughter.

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