WEST MEMPHIS, AR (abc24.com) - A South Park Elementary School teacher is off the job after she was arrested for leaving her infant unattended in her vehicle at Southland Park Gaming and Racing.
Around 1:30 a.m. on April 14, two off-duty deputies with the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department were working as security at the gaming park in West Memphis when they were told by a patron about a baby left in a car. When they found the car, the window was rolled down enough for one of them to reach in to unlock and open the car door.
The deputies ran the license plate number and went inside to have the vehicle's owner paged over the intercom. About 30 minutes later Monetta Davis showed up at the car and confirmed that the baby was hers. She told deputies she had received $20 worth of free play in the mail and wanted to use it.
Davis was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor. She has since been released on $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 25. Her child was placed in DHS custody.
An official with Memphis City Schools later confirmed that Monetta Davis is a 2nd grade teacher at South Park Elementary School. She is currently suspended from the school district without pay.