AUSTIN – The mother of an infant who Austin police are charging with endangering a child had yet to turn herself in as of Wednesday evening.
Debra Lynn Ary was the focus of an arrest warrant Wednesday, one day before her 28th birthday.
On August 14, Austin police say that Ary went shopping at the HEB on East 51st Street to go shopping.
Detectives say she left her infant daughter, who is less than 10-months-old, in a car seat in the back seat of the vehicle.
Ary’s arrest warrant affidavit says the temperature was 103 degrees.
An alert HEB security guard came to the infant’s rescue, and he was not alone.
“I was sure if I waited five more minutes she will be gone. I was like, 'I have to do something,'” said Marwan Al Nuami, a security guard who used his fist to break the car window.
“I was like, 'Oh my God, she's gone,'” exclaimed Al Nuami.
That fear was shared by other onlookers.
“I just knew the baby was dead. I just knew it,” said Monica Brown, another witness who police say stepped in to help the infant.
“I started beating on the window saying 'Baby, baby, open your eyes! Don't go to sleep!' And this other lady was doing the same thing, and then her eyes completely closed, and then her head fell to the side, and that was it. She didn't move no more,” said Brown.
Brown, a mother of five, said she could feel the heat gushing from the car window after the security guard broke it with his fist.
“Her skin felt like she had been in an oven. Her skin was hot, hot, hot. I have never felt a baby's skin that hot,” said Brown.
The baby was taken to the hospital by ambulance and is reportedly doing okay.
Ary is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.