(West Memphis, AR) A Memphis School teacher is off the job after being arrested in West Memphis, Arkansas over the weekend for leaving her baby alone in her car.
The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office says 42-year old Monetta Davis was Gambling at Southland Park Gaming and Racing when she left her 9-month-old in the back seat of her car.
Deputies say the parking lot was crowded early Saturday morning when a customer noticed the baby.
That person notified a pair of off-duty deputies who were working security in the lot.
The doors of the car were locked, but a window was open enough for deputies to reach inside, unlock the door and get the baby out.
Southland Park had to page the owner of the car, Monetta Davis.
Deputies say it took her nearly 30 minutes for her to come outside.
They say once she got to her car she explained why left her child in the car alone.
“Officer’s questioned her and she said something to the effect well she had $20 free play coupon and she just want to go and play it right quick,” said Chief Mike Callender.
Patrons at Southland Park today were shocked to learn what deputies found there.
“God almighty! Why would she do that? You don’t leave a child by themselves no where,” said Angus Crump.
The baby was fine, but placed in the custody of DHS.
Memphis City Schools say Davis has been a teacher at South Park Elementary since August of 2010.
She has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.