Mother arrested at Pine Island Road Target after leaving baby unattended in car
By news-press.com • June 23, 2008
A woman was arrested Friday night after leaving a 4-month-old in her car at Target, according to arrest reports.
Tracy Gembala was arrested on a charge of child neglect.
Gembala told police she went into the Target on Pine Island Road to pick up a pair of pants around 8 p.m. Friday, reports show. When she went into the store, reports show, she brought her two older children, but was in the baby aisle before remembering the 4-month-old was still in the parking lot.
The mother said she then ran into the parking lot and found a sheriff’s deputy and DCF worker already at the scene, according to reports.
DCF worker Mary Townsend was actually shopping at Target at the time, reports show. She was in the parking lot and had been flagged down by a witness who found the infant in the car, she said.
Surveillance show the child was in the vehicle alone for between 12 and 15 minutes, according to police.
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