Mom arrested after leaving 5-year-old in car

A Fairburn woman was charged with reckless conduct July 9 after leaving her 5-year-old son in a car at the Publix grocery store in Tyrone. The child was found by a patron and was hot but unharmed.
Police Chief Brandon Perkins said 28-year-old Semeatress Robinson was charged with reckless conduct in the incident.

Perkins said officers at approximately 3:24 p.m. were dispatched to the Southampton Village Shopping Center on Ga. Highway 74 where a witness observed a young child unattended and sleeping in a white Cadillac. The outside temperature at the time of the incident was approximately 89 degrees, said Perkins.

“The vehicle was not running, but all of the windows were rolled down. EMS arrived on scene first and the 5-year-old child was found to be unharmed, but complained of being hot,” Perkins said.

Perkins said a review of Publix’s security video revealed that Robinson had been inside the store shopping for approximately 20 minutes before the child was first observed in the car. It took another 10 minutes for the mother to come forward after being paged over the store’s loud speaker several times, Perkins said.

Perkins said Robinson later told police the child was sleeping when she arrived at the store and, because she only needed a few items, she decided to allow him to sleep while she went inside.
“She was found to have a cart full of groceries when police made initial contact with her,” Perkins noted.

Perkins referenced both the temperature outside and the danger of leaving a child unattended in a public area.

“Besides the risks associated with high temperatures, regardless of the windows being down, there are many other dangers associated with leaving a small child unattended in a car,” Perkins said.

“For instance, the child could have easily been abducted or he could have been harmed attempting to locate his mother after waking up alone.”

Robinson was transported to the Fayette County Jail.

The Tyrone Police Dept. urged parents to put their children first in all that they do and urged all adults to take a moment to observe the vehicles around them when they park – they might just save a life.

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How old does the child have to be?

How old does the child have to be to stay in a vehicle unattended? For example, a 12 year old with a little brother or sister, car running, doors locked, while Mom runs inside. A 12 year old can be at home alone - just wondering what the law is...

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Forget the law in this case

It's all common sense to me in the case of a 5yr old. You don't leave them in a parking lot anywhere for what is being reported as 30mins with the windows all rolled down. How can any alleged "parent" be this damn ignorant?
I never would have left my kids sitting in a car in my own driveway for 30mins because I had things to do on a hot summer day.

If I had done this, I wouldn't have to worry about charges filed against me by law enforcement and more worried about when wife/Mom decided to extinguish me from the land of the living, and I would have deserved it.

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Oh my! A mom left her kids in

Oh my! A mom left her kids in the car with the windows rolled down. Draw and quarter her! What's next? Parents arrested for letting kids play outside unsupervised?

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If you cannot see the dangers in leaving a 5 year old sleeping

child in a car with the windows rolled down then you must not be a parent. As much as we would like to live in a world where children are safe at all times and 'the village is raising the child' that is no longer true and may never have been true. But with all the child molesters out there and the fact that that child may have awakened and decided to go look for it's mother who was gone for 20 minutes--yes, it was dangerous. I remember having four of my young grandchildren ages 4 to 7 with me and having to stop at a drugstore. They all begged me to let them stay in the car and for a minute or two I contemplated it--then decided I may be overcautious but I would rather be overcautious than sorry--so in the drugstore I went with all four. Not the most pleasant experience but the safer one.
I also remember a number of years ago a friend and I were in Newnan in the parking lot of a grocery store and saw a little boy alone and crying in a car. We tried the doors and they were locked. We went inside (before cell phones) and used the store phone to call the police, then we had the store announce that the little boy had been seen in the parking lot and the police were called. We went back out to the car and tried to keep the crying little boy as calm as possible. He was red faced and perspiration was running off his little face. His mother came out and did all but attact us telling us to mind our own business. About this time the police arrived and we explained what had transpired and left. Maybe we were not 'minding our own business' but there was no way I could leave that little boy in that state of distress. So call me a busybody--

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reckless conduct

Kinda like allowing a 5 year old ( or less ) ride a golf cart in PTC without a seatbelt and helmet?

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The nuclear family

This incidence makes me ponder how the mother of this child was raised and under what conditions.

The breakdown of the family unit has many unintended consequences. This is only one.

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Tyrone Publix

My daughter was there on Tuesday and she said there was a woman at the edge of the lot begging (with her small child in tow).

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wildcat wrote:

My daughter was there on Tuesday and she said there was a woman at the edge of the lot begging (with her small child in tow).

My wife saw the same thing at the Fayette Pavilion, near the Publix a couple of days ago. Sounds like the same person.

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Kudos to the witness

for reporting this. Takes a good person to step up and report this crime, and I applaud them for doing it.