Trapped girl leads to charges for mom

WINDER -- A Winder mother was arrested on two counts of first-degree child cruelty Friday, six days after one of the two young children she reportedly left in a running car was found unresponsive with her neck trapped in a rolled up window.

Terae Marjorie Thomas, 28, left her children unattended in her running vehicle for an "undetermined amount of time" last Saturday, Winder police spokeswoman Det. Rachel Love said.

The youngest child, a 21-month-old toddler, was later found unconscious with her neck stuck in the window. A neighbor found her and performed CPR before she was taken to Barrow Regional Medical Center and then Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

The child spent several days in the intensive care unit, but is now home and "expected to make a full recovery," Love said Friday.

The other child, a 3-year-old boy, was unharmed.

Thomas was taken to the Barrow County Detention Center for processing.

According to Kids and Cars, a national nonprofit aimed at promoting safety for children in and around cars, estimates 2,000 people are treated at emergency rooms for power window-related injuries each year -- half of them children.

At least 50 children have been killed by power windows since 1990, according to Kids and Cars, with "untold numbers of brain injuries and amputations of fingers."