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St. Pete mom accused of leaving 2-year-old home while she went drinking in Ybor City

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg woman is accused of leaving her 2-year-old daughter home alone so she could go drinking in Ybor City, police said.

Jennifer Lea Morgan, 24, was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of child abuse. Police said she left her child about 9 p.m. Inside Morgan's apartment were liquor bottles and drug paraphernalia, said police spokesman Mike Puetz.

In a statement to police, Morgan said she was out celebrating an award she won at work and had put her daughter to bed. She told police she meant to ask a friend to check on her daughter, but forgot because of all the drinking. She also told police she routinely left her daughter alone.

The girl was found by her grandmother after several hours.

Morgan was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday afternoon in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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St. Pete mom accused of leaving 2-year-old home while she went drinking in Ybor City 02/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 4:13pm]
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