Updated:CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga —
A Clayton County father faced a judge Tuesday, accused of leaving his baby in a hot car the day before at the same courthouse.
Courtney Kidd, 37, is accused of leaving his 3-month-old, Alasia Courtney Kidd, in his Cadillac Monday at the Clayton County Courthouse parking lot.
The rescue and arrest happened right in front of Channel 2 Action News cameras.
Channel 2’s Sophia Choi was in the courtroom Tuesday as a judge formally charged kid with cruelty to children and issued a bond of $20,000.
Witnesses said Kidd never came back to the car after locking his daughter inside.
A witness told Choi that Kidd said he got confused and thought court staff told him babies weren’t allowed in court.
“I was burning up and the car was in the sun,” said Phoebee Fletcherwho stepped in to rescue the baby.
“The doors were locked, so I kind of got one of the windows down and took her,” Fletcher said. “Because I saw what he did. And I didn’t want my baby to die in a car and I wouldn’t want anybody else’s either.”
A judge ordered Kidd not to have any contact with the baby, saying, "No contact, one of the conditions of your bond is no contact between you and Alasia Courtney Kidd."
The baby is now in the care of her grandmother. Kidd's preliminary hearing is set for July 24.