OCALA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A local woman was arrested after leaving her 1-month-old infant child alone in a car so that she could go to a bar.
A press release posted by the Ocala Police Department states that 22-year-old Britney Jean Rohdy was arrested early Monday morning at a local bar for her crimes.
Concerned parties called the police to the scene after noticing the child abandoned in the vehicle. Rohdy reportedly had entered the bar around 12:30 a.m., and did not exit until 1:17 a.m. when police arrived on the scene, according to witnesses.
She claimed to authorities that she had only been in the bar for five minutes, however.
“In addition, she had left the infant unattended in the vehicle with the window down and the child was sweating,” the release noted. “Fortunately, no injury was found to the infant when examined by medical personnel.”
Upon further investigation, authorities also found Rohdy to be in possession of Oxycodone without a prescription.
She was subsequently arrested and taken to prison. The release noted that she is now facing charges of child neglect and possession of a schedule IV narcotic.
The child was placed in the care of a relative by the Florida Department of Children and Families.