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Woman Avoids Arrest After Leaving Child Alone in Car, Deadly Decision Say Experts

HERNANDO – With summer temperatures in Florida ranging between 85 and 95 degrees and humidity making it feel 10 to 20 degrees warmer, leaving a child or pet inside a vehicle for any length of time could quickly turn tragic.

Experts say more than 600 children have died in the U.S. as a result of children being left in a car unattended. Most deaths occur when children enter unlocked vehicles and get trapped or when parents forget that a child is in a vehicle. But there are some instances when parents purposely leave their children in vehicles out of simple convenience, thinking that only a few minutes alone would be okay.

A few weeks ago RNRF reported the arrest of two women after they left a 4-year-old child unattended in an SUV while they went shopping in Sports Authority. Both women face child neglect charges and the child is now in the care of a family member.

A similar incident occurred last night at the Dollar General Store, located on Cortez Blvd (Behind Beacon Theater), where witnesses say a woman left a 2-year-old boy inside her car while she went shopping.

Fire Rescue responded, cleared the child medically, and then turned the scene over to Sheriff’s Deputies.

During the investigation, a man who was presumably the boy’s father arrived and prepared to take possession of the child, in the event that the mother would be charged. He was not very happy with the presence of RNRF, as illustrated in the picture below.

Deputies viewed video surveillance provided by Dollar General Store management but they were unable to determine the length of time that the child was left alone. Sources say the woman avoided arrest because she claimed her brother was supposed to be watching the child, even though the brother was nowhere to be found. Witnesses say the child was in the vehicle for at least 10 minutes but that could not be confirmed.

The temperature inside a vehicle can increase upwards of 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, say experts, and on a 90 degree day, temperatures can reach 120 degrees in just 20 minutes.

Heat stroke may occur when body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That overwhelms the brain’s temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and or death, according to

Officials say “get involved” if you see a child locked in a vehicle and call 911 immediately.


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  • What a lousy mother… I hope she doesn’t have any other children because it would be a shame for people like this to reproduce… They should’ve locked her in a hot ass cell and let her rot! Piece of shit parents this poor baby has to live with… I hope for the kids sake DCF will be making their rounds….

    Wednesday, 13 July 2016, 3:34 am
  • Southerners are idiots…look what they did to hernando county…created spring hill…lol…

    Thursday, 7 July 2016, 1:22 am
  • Maybe they should of left the future junkie thievin kid in the car. Do us all a favor.

    Tuesday, 5 July 2016, 10:00 pm
  • kudos to the people that are responsible for saving this little boy from certain death. It is absolutely unbelievable to me that the police seriously didn’t charge the parents. People lie to get out of trouble. That baby could’ve died and if he did would the cops have bought the BS story they were fed? It takes a second to bring your child into the store with you. Get your kid out of the car, bring him with you and maybe even get him a toy or stuffed animal. That’s what I do with my sweet boy. Don’t endanger your child by leaving him in a scolding hot car!

    Monday, 4 July 2016, 10:15 am
  • N.Lee, THANKYOU for your words. I’ve really grown tired of all expletive deletive jerks. And yes it makes everyone think Southerners are idiots. Folks who resort to foul language/gestures should be judged as being raised by same kind that would leave child in car. I am glad the N.Lee people exist , there are just not enough of them. Pray for the child – not only to survive, but also to learn (in future) there is a better vocabulary & way to express self & live life.

    Monday, 4 July 2016, 8:20 am
  • Who her..father is…⬆⬆⬆⬆

    Sunday, 3 July 2016, 8:17 pm
  • I wonder who father is…????…anybody else would be arrested…why no name of careless mother or her lame brain punk boyfriend???..

    Sunday, 3 July 2016, 8:16 pm
  • Really Sickening.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 6:56 pm
  • Why don’t y’all all shut the f¥€k up and do something better with your lives instead of judging people judge your f¥€kin self

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 6:40 pm
    • Do you realize with your response, you validate much of the negative opinions expressed about our area and the southern part of the U.S., overall? Just because a stereotype exists, right or wrong; doesn’t mean you have to give it validation with your actions.

      Perhaps you should calm down and try thinking about how you can express yourself without having to resort foul language. And yes, people do judge, that’s instinctive and not always a bad thing.

      Example: I read about a person leaving their child unattended in a car, I’m going to question their competency as a parent. Leave that child in a car on a hot day and I’ll judge that parent as unfit , selfish and irresponsible.

      Sunday, 3 July 2016, 11:08 am
  • somebody give that skinny chick a cheeseburger. they all look severely under-fed.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 4:57 pm
  • Of course there was no brother…… people like them should not reproduce. Poor baby!

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 2:49 pm
  • Losers!

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 1:56 pm
  • They are good people .u are low life ****bags.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 1:51 pm
  • Now that would make a great family portrait fer a Christmas card

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 12:05 pm
  • George, because it is simply just great news.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 12:00 pm
  • the father was not giving the finger. He was clearly showing the size of his manhood. So what did he accomplish by this action?

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 11:58 am
    • uh, more like “boyhood”.

      Sunday, 3 July 2016, 10:02 pm
  • I do not like the assumptions on what a person may look like! People new here DO NOT KNOW how to deal with our heat and laws. Should they have been charged…yes but we have to look at the dumbing down of America !

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 9:48 am
    • Excuse me? Doesn’t matter if the woman had just arrived in Florida yesterday; anyone with even a minimal level of intelligence can understand that leaving a child unattended in a vehicle is wrong and dangerous. As far as the heat goes, it doesn’t require a college degree to understand how hot weather and child (or pet) left in an unattended vehicle is a recipe for disaster.

      Her actions and choices speak to her lack of parenting skills, lack of intelligence and lack of responsibility. For any children with the misfortune of having that woman and her partner as their parents, I do feel sorry. They have no choice but to bear the consequences of the ignorance and foolish choices made by their so-called parents.

      Saturday, 2 July 2016, 4:46 pm
  • Funny how people forget their kids and pets in a hot car but not their cell phones……SMH!

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 9:46 am
  • Look at all the cops on the scene fat = lazy that’s why they didn’t arrest her.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 8:54 am
  • Something wrong here. wake up people before its to late, im thinking it’s already to late. Thats alright if trump is elected he will screw it up more and if Hillary is elected she will finish destroying this country. Why is it picking the better of two evils and not the better of the best. Im just saying what the hell man

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 8:02 am
  • Bottom line is, he was unattended when found. Ten minutes, two minutes, doesn’t matter. Small children need to be monitored even when they are contained. This little guy could have gotten out of the car, wandered off or been hit by a car. He could have been abducted. She is negligent no matter how you look at it, but apparently HCSO wasn’t thinking outside the box on this one.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 7:49 am
  • So this very responsible mother throws her brother under the bus. SO, do some follow-up and see what he has to say about his sisters’ claim. Then charge her with filing false report as well as child neglect.

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 6:54 am
  • there was no brother, just a lying piece of trash mother, goes along with the father. they belong together

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 5:21 am
  • Why r folks so quick to judge and label folks by just looking at a posted picture?
    The dad just got off a 12 he shift and went straight there to pick up his child.
    But no, he is labeled a methhead by some “*******” looking at a picture and judging.
    Would you please post your picture here for us all to see so we can all do a little arm chair judging?
    ( probably don’t have the balls to do that do you? )
    And yes, totally agree she should of been cuffed and locked up till her story was confirmed or till she at least seen what the sitting judge had to say on the matter. ?

    Saturday, 2 July 2016, 2:12 am
  • Jas,seriously?! U know her so u defend her actions just cuz u know her? I don’t give a crap how many hours she worked,she is DEAD WRONG! And thank God it didn’t end with a dead child. Why do you defend her? I don’t get it. She would be one of those moms boohooing for the cameras if he died in that car and I wouldn’t have any sympathy for you (the. Mom) every year more and more are on the news about this and it has been made sure that the whole world has heard about how u can’t leave them for a minute,not just for dying in hot car,how bout a stranger taking yr child? That IS a bad mother,doesn’t deserve the term or word mother either. If the kid was a 10,11,12,13 yr old atleast they could open the door and get out,still wrong but a 4yr old in seat,shame on you.why would y want ppl to believe that it wasn’t intentional like that father that killed his kid on purpose that way? For all we know that could have been ur intent so u can’t cry bout ppl being hard on you,that’s what u get when u do this. Y have to live with the stigma.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 11:02 pm
    • does your friend know what food is?

      Saturday, 2 July 2016, 5:00 pm
  • What’s going to happen when she does it next time? Next time that little boy might not be so lucky! ?

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 10:47 pm
  • The mother and boyfriend are low life’s he looks to dumm to have kids HCSO disappointed me on this one

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 9:28 pm
  • Sorry for the cops letting her go, this could have ended differently with the child dead. Children and animals do not belong in hot cars alone. Instant

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 9:14 pm
  • No excuse! She should be charged! No Mother would leave hrer child in a car for any reason.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 9:07 pm
  • Thank God someone saw this situation unfolding. Undoubtedly this will cause marital turbulence at home. I’m thinking Mom may have learned her lesson on this one. But if ‘my brother was supposed to be watching him’ got her off the hook…and it was acceptable to the police…shouldn’t the brother take the rap for this? Unless….it was just a ruse.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 8:35 pm
  • Sorry Dina, this was ment for @JAS

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 8:24 pm
  • you never leave your child unattended period. at home or in the car. You just dont. Im glad some one called in on this. at least we have people in this community that care enough. luckily the child is fine for now and take it as a learning experience. man up or woman up to your mistake and be a better person. thats what a solid decent person does is takes responsibility especially when it comes to your own kids health and well being.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 8:16 pm
  • Is that Mr. Burburan is the third picture? When did he become a cop? That’s pretty cool

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 8:14 pm
  • I see these people up and down my street where meth is sold

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 8:12 pm
  • Disappointed our sheriffs bought a rather lame and obvious excuse / lie; regarding how long the poor child was in the vehicle and that her brother was allegedly watching the child. Why didn’t she call or offer a way to contact the ‘brother’?

    She should have been taken in, the child placed in protective custody, until things were sorted out and an investigation to determine the fitness of the parents to properly and responsibly care for their child.

    It’s obvious the so-called ‘father’ is trashy, flipping off a camera. A responsible parent would first have protected their child’s identity. But no, his concern was only showing just how low life he is.

    The female, so-called mother, isn’t responsible. Period. A responsible parent would have taken her child into the store with her. Her story about her brother watching the child? Please. That was likely the quickest story she could make up, to cover her own irresponsible, selfish, actions.

    The child was fortunate to not have suffered harm by the careless and irresponsible actions of the people who created and bore him. Sadly people like that will not learn from this close call. They’ll just stumble along, unfit to care for anyone other than themselves.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 7:58 pm
  • I agree with Peggy. Any animal or child left in a hot vehicle should be charged with attempted murder.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 7:39 pm
  • Why wasn’t she charged?????? Did she bullshit the police better than the women last week???? She needs to be charged just like they were and everyone should be. What makes the fine line between charges and no charges? Are there fine lines if someone shoots someone else? That child was endangered by her mother and should have been taken away from her. You really screwed that one up. I pray you don’t find that child dead next time that mother doesn’t want to be inconvenienced when she goes into the store.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 7:19 pm
  • She should’ve been ARRESTED! I don’t care what excuse was!!!!

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 7:17 pm
  • She should have been charged, period. You can’t pick which ones you charge and don’t chsrge, Pray for that child people, doesn’t appear he has much of a chance in this life, Dean= who is the heck is Mr Burbs??

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 7:10 pm
  • way to go sheriffs office! you always find a charge for someone else when you want to why not charge her with child neglect and let the state fight it like you do DV cases!

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 6:54 pm
  • I know her she’s a neighbor and I know she’s a good mom with her children but I DONT agree at all with what she did. One very bad decision does not make someone a bad person. The dad is a very hard worker and had gotten off a 12 hour shift a few minutes prior to this incident happening so of course he looks like that. so for someone calling him a meth head is dead ass wrong. Just saying.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 6:50 pm
    • IT ONLY TAKES ONE BAD DECISION TO KILL A CHILD ! No one cares about her being your neighbor, you dont know what goes on behind closed doors and as far as her being a good mom I beg to differ. Her and the father have truly shown their true colors right here with one picture. Great job on that parenting.

      Saturday, 2 July 2016, 9:48 am
  • GOOD THOUGHTS PEGGY, And I agree her story is BS. She should have been charged. Both mother and Father should be slapped for breeding.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 6:08 pm
  • Looks like mom and dad are sorry ass people and dads face has meth head written all over it, and rnrf aren’t the ones that left a baby in the car dumb ***

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 6:04 pm
  • A REAL parent wouldn’t leave their child in a car alone no matter the temp. She should have been charged w/ endangerment at the least! Peggy u hit all the nails right on the head!!

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 6:02 pm
    • Well Dina , There wouldn’t be Any Name calling, or bad thoughts, or responses, If the Parents were responsible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Friday, 1 July 2016, 8:22 pm
  • The child was alone in the car when found, regardless of who was “suppose” to be there with him. Bottom line, he was alone when found and the parent should be responsible for that. How dare she get off with an excuse. Shame on our Sheriff dept. for buying into her BS and not arresting her. The stupidity of parents like this who do not take responsibility for their own children is why we are loosing so many… This has got to stop and will not as long as we are just slapping people on the hands and saying “shame on you, don’t do it again”…..I don’t care if its 1 minute or 30 minutes, no child should be left in a vehicle alone… Charge all these idiots with attempted murder and this crap would stop! Some might say that is harsh but harsh is a child burning up, dying in a hot vehicle and nobody setting harsh measures to stop it.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 5:45 pm
  • Veryyyy responsible adults bahahahahah. NOTTTTTTT

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 5:28 pm
  • class act there Dad…. loser baby Mama… so sad they bought that lie… I’d still lock her up… till Tuesday… might be more mindful of your baby and less selfish… praise Jesus someone seen this…

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 5:25 pm
  • Why is it so hard to just carry your child into the store and set them on the cart?

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 5:22 pm
  • Mr. Burbs is on the case ?

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 5:15 pm
  • They look like real gems that reproduced , ugh

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 5:11 pm
  • Teaching your son how to give someone the finger. Class act.

    Friday, 1 July 2016, 5:09 pm
    • @Mr. Lemmon: TURNER, JAMES DALE
      W/M- 12/22/1964
      HCSO16JBN003574 06/29/2016
      11:13 782.04.2 – HOMICIDE [1ct(s)]
      What going on with this???

      Friday, 1 July 2016, 8:17 pm
      • Mr Turner is in a State Hospital deemed incompetent to stand trial. The case at this point is closed with the possibility of reopening if Mr. Turner’s mental health improves to competency.

        Saturday, 2 July 2016, 8:00 pm

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