Two people were arrested Tuesday night after Conway police officers responded to a welfare check at a Dave Ward Drive gas station. 

Upon arrival officers spoke to the 9-1-1 caller who reported there was an infant locked inside a 2001 Chevy Cavalier in the parking lot of J-Square Exxon, 580 Dave Ward Drive.

Officers found a 6-month-old girl strapped in a car seat, uncovered.

Officers asked people inside the business to claim the vehicle and reportedly received no response. A short time later, according to the report, a woman walked outside and officers stopped her.

Mindy Shay, 22, 15 Brister Lane, Conway, said the vehicle and child were her’s. Shay and her boyfriend, Nathan Martin, 22, 14 A. Bert Lane, Conway, said they had been playing the video slot machine inside the station for about 45 minutes. 

Officers were able to remove the infant from the car, then wrapped her in blankets and went inside the business to warm her.

Officers said the child was extremely cold to the touch and would not stop shivering, so the child was transported to Conway Regional Medical Center. 

Officers said the child’s diaper had not been changed in some time and was completely saturated.

Both Martin and Shay were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. Martin had a previous charge and was placed on a parole hold.

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