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Spring Hill mom accused of leaving two sons in car within reach of syringes and beer

SPRING HILL — A woman was arrested outside a Spring Hill business Monday after she was accused of leaving her two young children unattended in the car and authorities found four hypodermic syringes and alcohol in her vehicle.

Tina Olson, 36, of Spring Hill was charged with felony child neglect, giving false information to the police and driving with a suspended license.

Hernando County sheriff's deputies responded to the Metro PCS store at 5480 Spring Hill Drive after receiving an anonymous tip in which the caller said a woman had left two children in an unattended vehicle. There was no indication that the children were in any medical danger because of the heat.

Deputies arrived at the store and stopped Olson as she was leaving the parking lot.

She initially identified herself as someone else. A clerk at Metro PCS gave officers the woman's real name, and deputies then discovered Olson had a lengthy criminal history, including a DUI in 2008, according to a Hernando sheriff's report.

Olson was asked to step outside her car, and deputies then found four open hypodermic syringes inside a purse near her two sons, ages 7 and 6. An open container of Natural Light beer was also found near the driver's seat. Authorities said the syringes and beer were within reach of the children, but there was no indication they had tampered with them.

After her arrest, the children were placed in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Olson was being held Wednesday at the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $15,500 bail.

Ryan Strong can be reached at rstrong@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1432.

Spring Hill mom accused of leaving two sons in car within reach of syringes and beer 07/14/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 5:29pm]
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