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Police: Woman Abandons Child In Car To Steal Valentine’s Day Items

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

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TITUSVILLE, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A woman was arrested recently after police say she left her young child alone in a car while she attempted to steal Valentine’s Day items from a local store.

The woman, 26-year-old Patricia Waddell, allegedly left her unnamed 6-year-old child in the vehicle with the windows rolled up and the engine turned off, according to WKMG-6.

She then made her way into a Target and attempted to steal items on display for Valentine’s Day. She was caught, however, and arrested Monday evening by Brevard County deputies.

Waddell was charged with both child neglect and retail theft.

The station learned that her arrest resulted in the cancellation of a probation hearing she was previously set to attend Wednesday.

Instead, she appeared in court on Tuesday in relation to the incident at Target, and told a judge that she has been banned from all Target locations in the county. Additionally, she has been restricted from contacting her child without supervision.

The Department of Children and Families for the state is continuing to look into the matter, but the child was said to be uninjured and in the care of his grandmother, WKMG-6 learned.

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