NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A mother left her young children in a bitterly cold car Thursday morning while she left to go hog hunting, reports WTSP-TV.
Police say a 6-month-old girl and a 9-year-old boy were found in a parked car off a lonely stretch of road after the boy called 911.
The children were left in the vehicle for over a half-hour before the boy decided to call for help because “he thought it would be warmer in a police car,” said a Pasco County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
The little girl was covered up, but she was cold, she was shaking, she was cold both children were shivering at the time,” he added.
The boy was wearing only a long-sleeve shirt, say authorities.
The temperature that morning was 38 degrees.
Authorities waited another 40 minutes before the women, 30-year-old Kayla Shavers, stepped out of the woods.
Shavers told deputies she was hunting the hogs because they were damaging the property and that she stayed near the children in case they needed her, according to arrest records.
She is now facing two charges of child neglect. The children are in the custody of other family members.