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Clearwater Mom Leaves Tot in Car on 92-Degree Day

Police say she spent 40 minutes inside a Target store Monday while her 19-month old sweltered in a car.

Vita Abramenkova. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Vita Abramenkova. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

A Clearwater mom’s trip to a Target store ended with her arrest after Pinellas Park Police say she left her 19-month-old daughter inside her car while she cruised the store for 40 minutes Monday.

While the child is OK, the mother now faces child neglect charges, police say.

Police were notified about the baby in the car at the 7150 U.S. Highway 19 N. store late Monday afternoon by a paramedic who came across her in the parking lot, an email to media from the police department stated.

When police arrived, they determined the mom had been “inside Target for 40 minutes and explained to officers that her daughter was asleep when she arrived at Target and she didn't want to wake her up,” the email said. “The ground temperature during the incident was 92 degrees and with the humidity, it was 101.”

Vita Abramenkova, 35, was transported to the Pinellas County Jail. The baby was released to the custody of her father.

The danger of leaving anything living in a hot car has been well documented, as evidenced by a growing number of deaths across the country this summer. A Georgia man stands accused of using this method to kill his young son, while a Florida woman is in hot water for allegedly allowing her dog Waldo to die in a sweltering car. Firefighters have even made videos to document the dangers of being left in a hot car.

John Scotto July 15, 2014 at 04:05 PM
There is no excuse for this. These people should be strung up for all to see.
thegrrrr8est July 15, 2014 at 04:51 PM
If I have a bag of groceries and need to go into another store, I never forget to take along those groceries so the kale won't wilt. Surely kids and dogs deserve at least THAT amount of concern. Lock her up. Let someone who actually has a brain adopt her kid. And, for God's sake, sterilize her.
Milagros Rivera July 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM
My kids are in their 40s and I've never forgotten for two seconds that they exist. The people that leave their kids or dogs in the car, on any day, hot or cold, must be smoking crack. Or they are really very cold heartless people. Jail time is definitely in order!! Even if it were really a mistake, yeah right!! It would help them never to forget again!!!
Migell Bori Carattini July 16, 2014 at 01:11 AM
With so many incidents of this nature, I'll like propose a modest simple but to my understanding, a very reliable solution to it. I'll like call it an -OLS- (On-Board Life Sensor-In) unit. It will make use of 2 main sensors (Co2 and Motion). Whenever a child or a pet is left behind on a closed vehicle for one minute + in a *Hot/Cold Day/Nigth* this -OLS- are going-off trigging the notification fixtures (Lites and Horn) in the same fashion the anti-theft notify by blinking lites and horn pulse signals. The -OLS- unit are to be install in order to prioritized and override 'the standard anti-theft car alarm feature' at all times to be able to energize the Lites and Horn pulsing notificator circuit when sensors detection is activate due (Co2 or Motion or both). Now, also I'll include in this concept a "Mic+Speaker" as integral component of the -OLS- unit. The purpose of the "Mic+Speaker" component are to allow the child or pet be hear their call for help loud and clear.
William Edwin Rauh July 16, 2014 at 07:24 AM
These dumb ass parents need to be locked up for a LONG while....not just 30 days or so. I bet if they were charges with attempted murder they may be more careful !!!! The kids would be better in foster care than suffering and/or dying.

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