Woman leaves children home alone while she hits the bar, authorities say

DADE CITY — A 27-year-old woman is accused of leaving two children, ages 8 and 3, at home alone while she hit the bar.

Mindy J. Martino was found at 2:30 a.m. Saturday passed out in her car, which was parked in the middle of an intersection at Pioneer Museum Road and Oxford Road, which is the street where Martino lives, authorities said. The car was still running. Martino was "slow to wake," a Pasco Sheriff's report states. Her blood alcohol content was between .246 and .259, which is well above the limit of .08 at which the state presumes drivers are impaired, the report states.

A deputy found out about the children being left alone during the DUI investigation. The relationship between Martino and the children was not disclosed.

Martino, of 15506 Oxford Road, was arrested and charged with DUI and two counts of child neglect. She was being held without bail at the Pasco jail.

Woman leaves children home alone while she hits the bar, authorities say 04/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 5:11pm]

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