Child rescued from hot car outside Nashville strip club; 2 women arrested

Kelsey McMurtry (L) and Summer Taylor (R) (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother and her friend were arrested after her 13-month-old daughter was allegedly left in a hot car while auditioning on stage at an adult entertainment club in downtown Nashville.

According to a Metro police, Kelsey McMurtry, 24, was auditioning at Deja Vu Showgirls on Demonbreun Street and left her young daughter in the back of a car with the windows rolled up around 4 p.m.

McMurtry’s 19-year-old friend, Summer Taylor, was supposed to have been watching the child, but instead, was inside the club watching McMurtry’s audition, according to an arrest warrant.

Officers were called to the scene after witnesses reported seeing the child in the car.

Kelsey McMurtry (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Kelsey McMurtry (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Taylor allegedly told police she had been coming back to check on the child but witnesses reported never seeing the woman leave the club.

Witnesses estimated the child had been in the car for about 30 minutes.

The arresting officer noted in the warrant it was 72 degrees outside and the temperature inside the car was likely over 100 degrees.

The little girl was reportedly wearing a heavy coat and drenched in sweat when she was removed from the car.

She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The Department of Children’s Services were called to the scene and hospital to care for the child.

Summer Taylor (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Summer Taylor (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

McMurtry and Taylor were both booked into the Metro jail and charged with child neglect.

McMurtry was also charged with criminal impersonation for initially lying to officers about her identity. Also, she did not have a valid driver’s license.

Taylor’s bond was set at $10,000 and McMurtry’s bond was set at $40,000. Both women are due in court April 18.

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