NEW PORT RICHEY
Police: Child left in hot car as mom shopped
A woman was arrested Monday after leaving her toddler inside her sport utility vehicle while she went grocery shopping, police say.
Brittany Dawn Nicely, 26, left the SUV's windows up and the ignition off with the 2½-year-old child inside, a New Port Richey police report states. The temperature outside the Publix at 5127 U.S. 19 was 78 degrees. Inside the Land Rover, the temperature climbed to 95 to 100 degrees, the report states.
Nicely told the officer she left her child inside the SUV because "he had just fallen asleep and she did not wish to wake him up," the report said. A surveillance video from the store's parking lot shows that Nicely was in the store for about 20 minutes.
The officer wrote in the report that the child looked flushed, was warm to the touch and sweating.
Nicely, of Holiday, was arrested on a charge of child neglect and taken to the Land O'Lakes jail. She was released on $5,000 bail.