Woman locked her baby in hot car while she auditioned to be a stripper

Kelsey-McMurtry
Photo: Metro Nashville PD

A woman in Tennessee had desires to be a stripper, but put her child in harms way for the opportunity. According to WKRN, Kelsey McMurty, 24, was looking to earn extra cash and decided to become a stripper at Deja Vu Showgirls in Nashville.

McMurtry was asked by managers at the club to audition on the afternoon of April 14. However, McMurtry also had her 2-year-old daughter with her and needed someone to supervise the child. She called on her friend Summer Taylor, 19, to sit in her car and babysit the child. However, Taylor thought it would be more fun to watch strippers than to watch the baby. So moments after McMurty went inside the club to strip, Taylor decided to follow her inside to witness the stripper auditions.


With the baby in the backseat of the car and wearing a coat, Taylor rolled up the window and locked the door. Several people saw the baby alone with the windows up and called police. When authorities arrived, the child was sweating profusely as temperatures reached 100 degrees inside of the car. The child was left inside the car for about 30 minutes.

Police went into the strip club and asked for McMurty to take her out of the car. The baby was then taken to a hospital for treatment and children’s services also followed up with an investigation. McMurty and Taylor were  both arrested following the incident. Mcmurtry and Taylor were both charged with child neglect. and Mcmurtry was also charged with criminal impersonation and and having an invalid driver’s license.


The case is similar to a case in New York where a woman left her child at home alone to work as a stripper at night. In February, Leila Aquino, 20, went to work at a strip club where she reportedly made $1,000 in $1 bills. However, she soon discovered that the money was not worth such a terrible mistake. When Aquino returned home, her apartment in Brooklyn had caught fire and she became distraught when seeing the blaze. She attempted to run into the apartment, but she was stopped by firefighters and police. She began yelling that her child was in the building.

Firefighters eventually told Aquino that her child, Kalenah Muldrow, had died in the fire. Attempting to hide from the fire, Kalenah went under her bed as the apartment went up in flames. Her lifeless body was found under the bed her mother put her in before leaving her home alone. Aquino was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and awaits trial.

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