Woman ar­rested af­ter child left in hot car while she shopped

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

A Bu­ford woman re­mains in the New­ton County Jail af­ter re­port­edly leav­ing her 5-year-old son in a hot car Satur­day while she went shop­ping.

Of­fi­cers from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment ar­rived in the park­ing lot of Kmart around 7:30 p.m. af­ter re­ceiv­ing calls from con­cerned cit­i­zens who saw the boy sit­ting in­side a car, with all the win­dows rolled up, crying. When they ar­rived, they saw the boy in the back seat, sweat­ing and hold­ing a towel.

The car was un­locked, so of­fi­cers opened the doors to re­move the boy. The car was parked in di­rect sun­light and it was ap­prox­i­mately 89 de­grees out­side at the time.

Re­ports in­di­cate that the boy told of­fi­cers his mother told him to stay in the car, on the floor with a towel cov­er­ing him so no one would see him.

Af­ter search­ing Kmart, the boy’s mother Mary Am­ber Moore, 32, was found. She didn’t have iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, but re­port­edly told of­fi­cers they could find it in a small pink bag in her car. While retriev­ing her ID, of­fi­cers al­legedly found mixed pills in an or­ange pill bot­tle that was sup­posed to con­tain Ad­der­all, which was pre­scribed to her. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Moore said that the pills were the same thing, just dif­fer­ent col­ors, and that they were both pre­scribed to her.

At one point, Moore re­port­edly grabbed the pill bot­tle from the trunk of the car and put all of the pills in her mouth. Of­fi­cers were able to pre­vent her from swal­low­ing all

of them. She was ar­rested at this point and taken to New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter. When asked, she re­port­edly told of­fi­cers that she had taken the pills be­cause she didn’t want to faces charges for hav­ing pills in the wrong bot­tle.

Af­ter sev­eral hours at the hos­pi­tal, she was dis­charged and booked into the jail on charges of con­tribut­ing to the de­pri­va­tion of a mi­nor, ob­struc­tion of an of­fi­cer and tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence. Moore’s son was taken to the po­lice depart­ment, and turned over to the care of his un­cle.


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