Bodycam Shows Mother Who Left Child in Hot Car While She Smoked Marijuana

Newnan, GA – Newnan Police charged Tristen Shayne Formby with child cruelty and marijuana possession.

Officers said she left her little boy alone in the parking lot of the Jackson’s Landing Apartments in Newnan while she went inside and used drugs. Newnan Police said they were called to the parking lot by a resident who believed the child had been the car for 45 minutes. The engine was running, but police said the air conditioner was turned off.

In police body cam video, officers told Formby they can tell by her smartphone left in her car with her toddler about how long she had left her son alone. It was more than 40 minutes.

Newnan Police said they said Formby admitted to being inside an apartment at Newnan Estates smoking marijuana with friends. When asked how much. Police said she allegedly said “a lot.” A second video shows her handing over suspected marijuana.

Formby’s son is 2 years old. Police said the child was sweating and hot to the touch. Officers gave the child water. The toddler allegedly told the officer’s ”mama went bye-bye.”

In the video, Formby told officers she didn’t the take the child inside because he had just fallen asleep.


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