CENTRAL — Central police have arrested a 22-year-old woman, later determined to be an illegal immigrant, and charged her with leaving her child unattended in a vehicle while shopping at Dollar General on Main Street.
According to a warrant, Ilse Adriana Vazquez-Solorzano placed her two-year-old son “at unreasonable risk or harm affecting the child’s life” by leaving him unattended in a motor vehicle. The accused shopped, Vazquez-Solorzano was later transported to the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and sent to Charleston on Wednesday for deportation.
A Central police officer, responding to a 9-1-1 call, said he learned there was a small child in the back seat of a grey Volkswagon parked in front of the store. He stated the driver side and sun roof were each open four inches and that the child was inside the back of the vehicle, asleep in a car seat.
A store employee told police the vehicle had been parked in the same location when she returned from lunch and that two Hispanic females were inside the building. The officer then located the females, both of whom had buggies full of merchandise, and inquired as to whose car was parked outside.
After one of the females confirmed it was her vehicle, the officer then asked and received confirmation that the child inside belonged to her.
When the officer asked why the child had been left in the car, the mother told him that the she did so because he was asleep. The store employee was then able to reach her arm inside the vehicle and unlock the door so that the child could be removed. When the officer asked whether the mother had anything for the child to drink, she retrieved a bottle of water that was out of the child’s reach from the console of the vehicle.
Police say the child has been handed over to the Department of Social Services’ Emergency Protective Custody.