Parents face charges for exposing child to heat

July 6, 2010

The parents of a two-year-old girl are facing charges of child neglect for making the toddler stand outside in the heat and beg for cash. Police say the child’s mother, Lindsey Ramon, 23, and her father, Jacob Cotton, 36, were panhandling Sunday on the city’s southeast side. A passerby spotted Cotton and the little girl in a Hardee’s parking lot at South Emerson Avenue and East Thompson Road about 1 p.m. Sunday. After seeing the pair in the location five hours later, the person called police. Investigators say the child was sunburned and dehydrated.