Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Deputies: Holiday mom left baby in SUV to go shopping

SPRING HILL — A 26-year-old Holiday woman faces a child neglect charge after she left her 5-month-old child alone in an unlocked sport utility vehicle for nearly half an hour, authorities say.

Sarah El Kabani Ali told a Hernando County sheriff's deputy she left the baby in the Isuzu SUV for "about five minutes" while she used the restroom at Marshalls in the Coastal Landing Shopping Center and "did some quick shopping," according to a Sheriff's Office report.

A Marshalls employee heard the baby crying in the unattended vehicle and called 911. According to the report, the deputy found the Isuzu's doors unlocked, checked on the child and then used the store's public address system to page the SUV's owner.

Surveillance video showed Ali entered the store at 7:58 p.m. and left 28 minutes later, the report states.

The child was turned over to Ali's sister.

Ali was released from the Hernando County Detention Center early Thursday after posting $5,000 bail, records show.

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