Police: Mom left kids in hot car, beat woman

July 13, 2011 2:40:17 PM PDT
An Indianapolis mother is accused of leaving her children inside a hot car and beating a woman who stepped in to help.

It happened Monday evening outside a supermarket.

Heather Elliott spotted a 4-year-old boy and his 1-year-old brother inside a car with the windows rolled up. Elliott says the 4-year-old was crying hysterically.

Police later measured the heat index at 97 degrees.

As Elliott approached the children's mother, she allegedly began hitting Elliott.

Twenty-one-year-old Heather Query is charged with neglect of a dependent and battery.

The children were released to their father.