Police: Woman leaves 21-month-old in car while shopping

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:40 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:40 a.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested Tuesday after police say she left her 21-month-old daughter in the car to go shopping.

The Gainesville Police Department said Hannah Sokol, 37, of 5610 NW 45th Lane, left her daughter in a locked car at around 1 p.m. to shop at the Ross department store on Archer Road.

Another Ross shopper told police she saw the sleeping child through the windshield of Sokol’s vehicle. The witness said the car was not running, all of the windows were up and there were no adults in the vehicle, the report said.

The witness waited about 20 minutes before she called the authorities. Alachua County Fire Rescue responded and was about to forcibly extract the child from the car when Sokol showed up, police said.

Police said that when Sokol opened the car door, the child had a bright, red face and was sweating profusely. Sokol told police she left the child in the car for only 15 to 20 minutes because she went to shop, and that she did not take the child with her because she did not want to wake the child from her nap, police reported.

Sokol was charged with one felony count of child neglect and was booked into the Alachua County jail, where she remained Wednesday awaiting bail.

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