By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
HERMITAGE — Hermitage police have filed a charge against the wife of a man who left an 8-month-old girl alone in a car in a shopping store parking lot, alleging she knew better than to leave the girl with him.
Tina L. Lumley, 49, of 29 Hermitage Hills Blvd., was charged Tuesday with endangering the welfare of a child. Her husband, Clinton C. Lumley, 35, was charged March 19 with endangering and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.
Police said Clinton Lumley drove to Walmart, 1275 N. Hermitage Road, just before 11 a.m. March 16, dropped his wife off at the front door and parked the car.
About four minutes after parking the car, Lumley got out of the car, walked into Walmart, visited the restroom and walked outside for a smoke, police said. He returned to the car at 11:33 a.m., police said.
While Lumley was out of the car, his granddaughter remained in a rear car seat in the car, police said. The outside temperature was 35 degrees, police said.
A passerby noticed the child and alerted a patrolling policeman, but Lumley was back at the car by the time the policeman arrived, police said.
Police said further investigation revealed that Mrs. Lumley had sole care of the girl, who is in the custody of Butler County authorities.
Mrs. Lumley had told authorities that her husband was not capable of caring for the infant because of an accident, police said. Lumley told police he has short-term memory loss, and that he thought his wife had the child inside the store, police said.
The child was not harmed and was released to the Lumleys the day of the incident, police said.
Lumley faces a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. May 30, and his wife’s is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. May 14.