Authorities say 26-year-old Suhaylah Shamisddeen was arrested Monday after she came out of a Whole Foods store in Tempe.
According to police, a witness called 9-1-1. When officers arrived at the scene near Baseline and Rural Roads, they found the 2-month-old baby crying. An officer pushed down a window that was partially open, unlocked the door and removed the child from the car.
After Shamisddeen was taken into custody, she told police she only meant to run into the store to buy a container of baby formula. She claims she left the child in his car seat with a blanket to "protect him from the heat" and because the sun was "beaming."
"I made a horrible decision to get my child some infant formula and leave him in the vehicle as I was coming directly back to the vehicle.. I love my child to death and I'm a full time student.. I just want to get this situation taken care of because it's totally blown out of proportion and although I do understand that I made a bad decision, I don't think that I committed child abuse at all sir," said Shamisddeen.
Per court records, the infant's car seat inside the vehicle was 151 degrees. The vehicle didn't have window tinting and was not parked under shade. At the time of the incident, there were no clouds in the sky and the outdoor temperature was 79 degrees.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.