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Mother Charged With Child Neglect After Leaving Kid In Car During Shopping Trip

A mother was charged with child neglect Monday after police said she left her 19-month-old toddler inside a locked, running car during a shopping trip.

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Vita Abramenkova was arrested for child neglect after leaving her 19-month old in the car while shopping at Target. (Photo Pinellas PD)

Vita Abramenkova, 35, of Clearwater told police that she didn’t want to disturb her sleeping child when she pulled into the Target parking lot at 7150 U.S. Highway 19 N. Instead she left her in the car for approximately 40 minutes with the air conditioner turned on low according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Just before 5 p.m., a paramedic who happened to be in the parking lot at the time called police when he noticed the toddler sitting in the car alone. Police arrived at the scene, and the toddler was released to her father. Abramenkova admitted to the offense, and was subsequently arrested on the charge of child neglect. She was then transported to the Pinellas County Jail. The charges were determined based on the totality of the circumstances to include the temperature outside, the time of day, the age of the child and the incident location.

Abramenkova was charged with child neglect and taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where she was being held on $2,000 bail. She was released early Tuesday morning. Authorities say it was about 92 degrees and humid outside when the mother left her in the car.

Mother Charged With Child Neglect After Leaving Kid In Car During Shopping Trip

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  • naksuthin

    Oh. Let’s see.
    In America you can leave a loaded rifle in the same room as a toddler…and when he shoots his 2 year old sister in the head and kills her…IT’S CALLED A TRAGIC ACCIDENT????
    But a woman leaves a toddler in a car with the air conditioner running AND SHE GET’S ARRESTED???


  • dannyjude63

    You need a license to go fishing or to sell pretzels on a street corner, but anybody, no matter how incompetent, may raise a child. So many parents should not be parents.

  • lamorpa

    So the idiots involved don;t realize that it’s not the being in the car that can kill you, it’s the high temperatures. If the car was running with the air conditioner on, what exactly is the problem?

    • rogerbob3

      You can’t leave a 19 month old child alone in a car for 40 minutes regardless of the temperature. The kid probably woke up 2 minutes after mom left and was screaming and crying.

      • lamorpa

        …and there are the most important safety issues too. I was just saying that it is idiotic to say the heat could have killed the child when there was no heat.

  • independent thinker

    We can’t cure stupid!

    • http://hoverspot.com/blog.php?userId=989817 Mike Won

      But sholdn’t we oughta be able to assure dey don’t procreate? Slap her in da face wid sterilization!

  • unoriginalscreenname

    Leaving a very young child alone in a vehicle is unwise regardless of the temperature inside or outside of the car. It’s good the paramedic was there to preempt possible abduction.