LEESBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A mom was arrested for allegedly leaving her infant in a hot car while she went to purchase liquor and cigarettes, and she reportedly has done it several times before.
Shannon Marie Mixer allegedly left her 1-year-old daughter in her car while she went into a Publix store and a liquor store to buy liquor and cigarettes, WESH reported.
A witness who parked next to Mixer’s car saw the child in the car and waited roughly 10 minutes before he called 911. Police explained that the witness stayed at the car for a total of 20 minutes and say she didn’t return to the vehicle in that time frame.
The child was clammy, flushed and sweating, but did not appear to be in distress, police said. They also noted that the car was uncomfortably warm in Mixer’s arrest report.
At the time of the incident, it was above 90 degrees in Lake County. At the scene, the child’s father took custody of the infant.
The 34-year-old woman allegedly told police during an interview that she wanted liquor and cigarettes.
“I wanted to go get me some liquor,” Mixer told police, according to WESH. “So I went to LJ’s and she was sleeping so I ran in. I was in there two to three minutes, ran back out to check on her, she was fine. Then I ran into Publix for some cigarettes.”
The woman also admitted to them that she has left the infant in the car unattended on at least six separate occasions, WESH reported.
Mixer has been charged with child abuse simple neglect.
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