Report: Kids left in car while woman shopped
A woman left three young children in her car, with the windows shut and no air conditioning, while she went into the mall by herself because the 3-year-old child "is a handful," according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
The report said the children, ages 6, 3 and 1, were left unattended for about 25 minutes Tuesday morning while Veronica Wanamaker-Miller, 29, went into the Best Buy at Gulf View Square mall.
Best Buy personnel told Wanamaker-Miller that her children were possibly in danger, at which time she returned to her car, the report said. Deputies said Wanamaker-Miller told them the 3-year-old is a handful and that it is easier to do things without the children.
Wanamaker-Miller, of Port Richey, was arrested and charged with child neglect. She was released Tuesday night from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $5,000 bond.