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Clarksville Police looking into response time to report of baby left in car

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While waiting for police to respond to the scene, Rebecca Kemp took photos of the baby in the car and the license plate and shared them on social media. While waiting for police to respond to the scene, Rebecca Kemp took photos of the baby in the car and the license plate and shared them on social media.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman says she called police when she found a baby left in a car in a store parking lot, but another woman got in the car and left with the baby before police responded.

Rebecca Kemp called 911 Monday afternoon and took a picture of a baby she says was locked in a car. 

"I'm at Target in Clarksville, I need, I need a police officer really, really quick," she told a dispatcher in a recording of the call obtained by WDRB.

On the call you could faintly hear what sounds like a child whimpering.

"There's a silver car next to my truck with a baby inside," Kemp continued telling dispatchers, "screaming bloody murder with nobody inside and the windows rolled up and she's like drenched in sweat."

Our meteorologists said it was around 76 degrees in Kentuckiana around noon on Monday. Kemp says while waiting for police, she confronted a woman walking with a toddler and shopping bags. 

"I said, you know, 'Is this your car?' Cause she was walking towards it, and she was very, very smart alec and said, 'Yeah it's my car, why?' and I said, 'Well there's a screaming baby in the backseat, did you forget about her?' she said, 'no, when I got here she was asleep so I just didn't want to mess with it.'"

Kemp says she called 911 again. 

"I advised her, 'I'm on the phone with police, police have been called,' and she said, 'Well why would you do that?' and I said, 'Well you don't leave a baby in a car'." 

Kemp says she was going to try to block the woman in, but could not. When I turned my back to shut my door she slid into her driver door, took off squealing tires.

She says she tried to follow the car but lost it. According to 911 records, an officer arrived about 12 minutes after the first 911 call. It is not clear how long the child was in the car. 

Police say they are looking into problems with how the call was dispatched, including the urgency of the response and the response time. Police also say the case has been forwarded to Child Protective Services.

Clarksville Police want to look at more evidence before commenting further on the case, but say criminal charges could be filed.

Child safety advocates have said if you ever see a child locked in a hot car--to call police and safely break a window and get the child out immediately.

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