Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Boy rescued from hot car in Ringgold

Ringgold police rescued a boy from a hot car yesterday where his mother's companion is accused of tying him up.

Police officials say a Cracker Barrel restaurant employee called them after seeing Raymond Minchew take the six-year-old out of the restaurant and return without him.

The 61-year-old Minchew and the boy's mother -- 35-year-old Rachel Gilchrist -- were arrested and charged with cruelty to children and concealing a weapon. There was a handgun in the car.

Investigators believe the boy was in the hot car for about a half hour.