Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Public safety

Police: Mom left 18-month-old alone at home during Walmart work shift

LARGO — A 19-year-old mother was arrested on child neglect charges Friday after police said she left her 18-month-old daughter alone in her apartment while she went to work at Walmart.

The child was left alone around 5:30 a.m., and the mother, Angela Lutz, hadn't planned on returning until 3:30 p.m., Largo police said.

A relative of the 18-month-old girl's father called police Friday morning and asked officers to check on the baby because her mother was known to leave the baby unattended, police said. The child's father is currently in jail.

About 9 a.m. Friday, an officer went to Brittany Bay Apartments, 1201 Seminole Blvd., and found the child alone in the mother's apartment, which was in disarray, with very limited food, police said.

"Some cases are just hard to understand, and this one certainly falls in that category," Largo Police Chief Jeff Undestad wrote in an email to city officials. "Thankfully the child will be okay."

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