HOUSTON Not even a week into summer, Houston finds itself in the grip of an unrelenting heat wave.

So when two parents were out panhandling with their infant, it raised eyebrows.

A mother and father and five-month-old infant were in the median at 1960 and Kuykendahl, said Deputy Thomas Gilliland, of the Harris County Sheriff s Office.

Investigators say they left their son in a carseat in the middle of a median at the intersection as they solicited money, ostensibly to help build a new homeless shelter.

A passing driver notified authorities at around 7 p.m. last night. The temperature was still 96 degrees, and a deputy who responded says the infant appeared to be in distress.

His clothing was soaked through, wet from sweating, said Gilliland. [The officer] immediately put the baby in his patrol car and turned the air conditioning on and called for EMS.

Gilliland says the infant had a body temperature of 101.3 degrees and was lethargic. He did not have to be hospitalized, but CPS has intervened.

Now, Tonya and Tyler Gleason have been charged with endangering a child.

Tyler Gleason is still in police custody while Tonya Gleason is out on bond.

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