Cops: Mother, 22, Left Her Kids In Locked, Running Car While Shopping At Adult "Superstore"
A Florida woman is facing a child neglect charge after she allegedly left her two young children in a locked and running car while she spent at least 20 minutes shopping at an adult novelty store, police report.
Morgan Crocker, 22, was busted late Saturday night after cops responded to 911 calls from a witness who spotted the unattended children in a parking lot outside Todd Couples Superstore in Port Richey, a city outside Tampa.
During subsequent questioning by Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Croker said that it was a “stupid mistake” to leave the children--aged one and three--alone in the vehicle while she “helped a friend shop inside the store,” according to a complaint affidavit. The document does not identify Crocker’s friend.
Investigators noted that Crocker’s children, who were not harmed, were turned over to child welfare officials while she was booked into the county jail early Sunday morning. Crocker, who works as a laborer for a fencing company, was released from custody later that day after posting $1100 bond.
Along with the felony child neglect count, Crocker was charged with leaving a child unattended in a car, a misdemeanor.