Store clerk charged in child endangerment case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A prosecutor says a retail clerk has been charged with a misdemeanor for failing to assist a child locked inside a hot car in the store's parking lot.

Assistant Fayette County attorney Brian Mattone said Thursday that Elizabeth Miller of Richmond has been charged with one count of failing to report neglect or abuse of a child. If convicted, she faces up to 90 days in jail and a $250 fine.

The alleged incident occurred at a Bed, Bath & Beyond store in Lexington. The child's mother, Tanuja R. Patel, was charged with wanton endangerment.

Mattone says a police report accuses Miller of refusing to let a concerned couple use the store's phone to report the child.

A manager on duty at the store on Thursday referred questions to corporate offices, which did not immediately have a statement about the charge.

A home phone number for Miller could not immediately be located.

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