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Teacher charged for leaving child in car

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(Source: Dougherty County jail) (Source: Dougherty County jail)

An elementary school teacher is in trouble after leaving a little boy inside a hot car while she attended a graduation ceremony at the civic center.

49-year-old Sunundreia John, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary, is charged with reckless conduct.

Police say she was taking care of someone else's three year old boy, and left him inside her car while she attended Westover's graduation Saturday.

The graduation was first thing that morning. The temperature was in the low 70's and the child is okay.

A DFACS worker heard him blowing the horn and rescued him. 

"The DFACS worker and a friend of hers were able to coax the child into unlocking the door and open the door. He didn't know how to unlock it. They instructed him through the window how to unlock the door. And that's how they were able to get him out," said Dougherty County School Police Asst. Chief J. C. Phillips.

Investigators say John returned to the car about an hour and a half after leaving him in there.

She tells police she didn't mean to leave him in the car, she just forgot him.

The child was returned to his parents.

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