Casey Dyan Keller, a 33-year-old woman from Sanford, Florida, was arrested and charged with child neglect after she went to a liquor store with her three children on Saturday, June 16, but only returned home with two of them.
The child, just three-years-old, remained in the car overnight with the windows up where she was overheated and reportedly drifted in and out of consciousness. Fortunately, the child was found unharmed. She was taken to the hospital and is currently in stable condition.
She was booked into Seminole County jail on $15,000 bond.
via Orlando Sentinel:
Keller returned from a liquor store to her apartment on Petunia Terrace near Sanford at about 11:15 p.m. with three children in her car, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. She took the two older children to her apartment but left a 3-year-old girl inside. Shortly after 11 on Sunday morning, Keller called 911 and said someone stole her car with the youngest child inside.
When deputies arrived, they found Keller’s car turned off, with all of the windows rolled up, in her apartment complex parking lot, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Inside the car, deputies found the 3-year-old, who was overheated in her car seat. She was rushed to a local hospital and is in critical but stable condition.
Investigators didn’t find any evidence that the car was tampered with or stolen, according to the Sheriff’s Office. They determined Keller left the child inside overnight.
At the time of this writing, Keller’s two other children are staying with family members.