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Shoplifting suspects questioned about baby found in car

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Jamie took a photo of herself with the baby in case the parents came back and before police got there. (Source: Jamie Smith) Jamie took a photo of herself with the baby in case the parents came back and before police got there. (Source: Jamie Smith)
Angelica Tapia (Source: Tucson Police Department) Angelica Tapia (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Vanessa Luna (Source: Tucson Police Department) Vanessa Luna (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two women questioned about leaving a baby alone in a hot car Wednesday are now facing shoplifting charges.

One of them is now charged with felony child abuse as well.

An alert woman found the baby in a hot car about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Yesterday's high was 92 degrees.

A woman, we're identifying only as Jamie, took a photo of herself with the baby in case the people who left the baby in the car came back and tried to take him before police got there.

It all started as a day of shopping for Jamie and her friend, but soon, it became a matter of life and death.

It was hot at El Con Mall, with the sun beating down.

Jamie and her friend had shopped at the Burlington store and were at their car when they heard a faint cry.

It sounded like a baby.

They ran to a car from which the cries were coming.

Jamie says the windows on the car were open so much that she could reach in and unlock it.

"I was looking at the car seat," Jamie said. "And all you see is a sweater. You didn't even see the baby. And I pulled that sweater off and there he was with his brown eyes. And I was just- I was just speechless. Like I didn't know what to say except call 911. That's all I could say."

Jamie was worried that the baby was becoming unresponsive.

A bystander offered his car's air conditioning.

"[I was] holding the baby in front of the AC just like this. The AC's right in the front. So I'm just holding him so he touches up everything. I realize he's still really hot," Jamie said.

"Two women came out to the vehicle. One of them first came out and I told her I'm not given her this baby until the police get here and this gets taken care of."

"Honestly, my heart just broke. I mean I couldn't believe somebody really left a baby in the car," Jamie said through tears.

The two women charged with shoplifting are 20-year-old Angelica Tapia and 23-year-old Vanessa Luna.

Tucson police said Thursday afternoon Tapia was booked into the Pima County Jail on a felony child abuse charge.  

Luna faces a misdemeanor charge relating to the baby being left in the car.

The investigation continues.

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