OCALA - A woman was arrested Saturday after reportedly leaving a 2-year-old child alone in a car for nearly two hours.
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Karen V. Foley
MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Karen Virginia Foley, 26, was charged with child neglect.
According to an Ocala police report, two people called 911 around 3:30 p.m. to report a child left alone in front of Game Stop at 1903 E. Silver Springs Blvd. When an officer arrived, a woman was waiting near a white Chevrolet Tracker with the child inside. She told police she had called 911 and stayed with the child for 20 minutes. The child was in a car seat.
Another woman reportedly told the officer she had parked near the Tracker and had gone shopping with her boyfriend for about an hour. When she came back to her car, her boyfriend noticed the child in the car, according to the report.
The car was unlocked and the woman told officers she checked on the child.
The woman also told the officer she went into every store in the plaza and had announcements made in attempt to find the baby's parents.
The car was registered to Foley, according to the report.
The officer remained with the child until after 4 p.m., when Foley and her two children returned to the car.
Foley reportedly told the officer she had only left her boyfriend's child in the car for a few minutes.
When she was arrested, Foley reportedly said she accidentally forgot the child in the car.
The incident was reported to the state Department of Children and Families.