WESLEY CHAPEL — A 60-year-old woman was arrested after she left a 3-year-old girl in a hot car Saturday afternoon while she shopped for groceries, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Anne Elizabeth Hayes, of 7178 Quail Hollow Blvd., told deputies she dropped off the little girl's father at the gym as the child slept in the back seat of Hayes' Kia Spectra. Hayes then went to Publix on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to shop but also needed to use the rest room.
"The (defendant) stated since she was so focused on using the rest room she forgot the victim was in the car and continued with her shopping until she was stopped by a paramedic," her arrest report said.
Two witnesses spotted the girl standing in the backseat of the car screaming for her father. The windows were up, engine was off and the outside temperature was estimated at 90 degrees. The girl was given water for slight dehydration and "deemed fine," the report said.
Hayes, whose relationship to the child was not released, was arrested on a charge of child neglect. She was released from jail Saturday night.