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Mother accused of neglect after girl left alone

The bus dropped the 8-year-old girl off at home on Tuesday afternoon. But the door to her house was locked and she had no key. Her mother was gone, according to police. It began to rain, so neighbors took her inside and called police. The girl's mother, Demaris Serrano, 25, was arrested on a charge of child neglect, according to reports. Serrano told officers she had been in Tampa. The Department of Children and Families has taken the child into custody, Officer Thomas Recla said. He said a similar incident occurred Feb. 19 in which the child came home to a locked door.

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