FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – The Florence Police Department reported that a woman left her 1 and 4 year old in a car Friday while she went inside the store. The woman claimed she was just going inside for a few minutes.
One witness said she was sitting in the parking lot just a couple of parking spots over from the truck and observed the woman get out of the truck and go into the store, then observed two small children sitting in the truck by themselves for at least 5-7 minutes when the woman came back out to the truck.
When officers arrived, Soladad Lakee Scott told them she walked inside the store and stepped out of view of the truck and she was only in the store for a couple minutes. Scott told officers she was going to park at the front of the building but decided to park in a parking place knowing she was only going to be a few minutes.
The officer advised to Scott that it can take just minutes for a tragedy to happen when leaving children in the car. Scott's sister was able to arrive on scene and take the children with her.
Scott was placed under arrest and transported to the Florence County Detention Center where she was charged with unlawful neglect of child or helpless person and placed under a $5,000 surety bond.