5-Year-Old Locked in Vehicle with Razor Blades and Lighters, Parents Charged with Child Neglect
SPRING HILL – Thanks to the watchful eyes of a concerned citizen, a 5-year-old boy is safe the care of a family member, after being locked in a vehicle while his parents went shopping.
On Christmas Eve, 30-year-old Kristopher Robert Plummer and 27-year-old Nataya Em Benway left their son locked in a vehicle for 30 minutes, while they shopped for a “Lite-Brite” inside the Target Department store on Commercial Way.
A concerned citizen noticed the child and knocked on the window, which prompted the child to immediately unlock the door and jump into the stranger’s arms. The citizen carried the child into the store to staff members who notified authorities.
Deputy William Harsanyi stated in his report, “The child could have easily been a victim to violent crime, due to opening the door. . .”
During a search of the vehicle. Harsanyi discovered a pack of razors and two cigarette lighters in plain view and within easy access to the child.
Benway and Plummer admitted to leaving their child in the vehicle and were subsequently charged with child neglect.
The Department of Children and Families was notified but did not immediately respond.
The child was turned over to a maternal grandparent at the scene.
Both parents are free on $2,000 bonds.
Deputy Harsanyi noted in his report that Benway appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
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