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St. Pete woman accused of leaving toddler home alone

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a young woman they said left her 22-month-old girl home alone Wednesday.

Michelle Jenkins, 25, is accused of child neglect. Police were called to her apartment in the 900 block of 11th Avenue N shortly around lunchtime after a neighbor called to say there was a naked child knocked at her door. The neighbor said the little girl looked alarmed.

The door to the Jenkins' apartment was open and the television was on but there was no one inside, according to a police report. Officers arrived and attempted to reach the child's father, who came home from work around the same time. Shortly after that, Jenkins rode up on a bike and told officers she'd only been gone for five minutes. She claimed to have left to get some sugar — which she didn't have with her. But by that time, police said, she had been away from the apartment at least 30 minutes.

She was in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail on Thursday.

St. Pete woman accused of leaving toddler home alone 09/05/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:59pm]
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