The Latest on a Florida woman charged with child endangerment after her teenage son was allegedly left in a car for more than three hours
A Florida woman was charged on Monday with child neglect after her 15-year-old son was left in the back seat of her SUV for more as he traveled to a school event, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
The incident occurred on April 10 at the St. Johns Beach school, authorities said.
An investigator with the department said the boy was left for nearly three hours in the vehicle and that his father was driving the SUV with his girlfriend.
The boy’s mother told investigators that the girl and her boyfriend had been drinking and were drinking in the car and that the boyfriend told her to get out of the car.
The girl told the investigator that her boyfriend got out of his car and told her, “I don’t want you to come to school today, I want you in the house,” the report said.
The child was left behind at school for about an hour, but no one else was in the school, the report added.
Authorities said that the mother told authorities she had not been drinking, that she did not know the boyfriend had left, and that she had never been to school in the days leading up to the incident.
The department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Florida has one of the highest child abuse rates in the country, with more than 1,200 cases of child abuse and neglect in 2017, according the state’s child welfare agency.