Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Tampa parents accused of leaving child in SUV

TAMPA — The parents of a 23-month-old boy left in a sport utility vehicle for eight hours have been arrested, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Alexander Rosario, 27, and Douceaymee Lopez-Alvarez, 26, both face a charge of aggravated child neglect, deputies said. Both were being held Thursday in lieu of $7,500 bail.

On April 16, the couple left their toddler in their SUV in the front of their apartment on E 127th Avenue for about eight hours.

According to deputies last month, the family, which also includes three daughters ages 8, 7, and 3, came home about 4 a.m. from visiting relatives. The parents took their three daughters inside.

Rosario thought Lopez-Alvarez brought their son in, too. Lopez-Alvarez thought Rosario had. But the boy remained outside.

The parents said they keep late hours and their son usually sleeps until about noon. When they went to check on him after they woke up hours later, they realized they had left him in the SUV.

The toddler, Jadiel Rosario, was hospitalized, but released days later.

The child neglect charges were directly filed by the State Attorney's Office.

The toddler, along with his sisters, are now in the custody of the Child Protective Investigations Division, deputies said.

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