Woman charged for leaving her toddler in the car
An Aiken woman has been charged with unlawful neglect by legal custodian after she allegedly left her 2-year-old daughter in the car while she went shopping.
Denise Zimmerman, 42, turned herself in to Aiken Public Safety officers on Tuesday morning and was released Tuesday afternoon on $10,000 bond.
“It was a pre-arranged surrender,” said Sgt. Jake Mahoney, Public Safety spokesman.
According to the report, officers were called to the parking lot of Hobby Lobby on Whiskey Road on Sept. 17. A woman told officers that she saw a child inside a white Chevrolet Tahoe and waited 10 minutes before calling police.
Officers found the 2-year-old girl inside the car with the engine running, strapped into a car seat.
Zimmerman returned to the car about 20 minutes after officers arrived on the scene, according to the report. She told officers she was in the store for about 30 minutes.
“Zimmerman went on to say that her daughter had been sick, so she left her in the car so she would be OK,” the report stated. “Zimmerman also said that she saw the police around her car from inside the store, but she continued to shop anyway believing that everything was fine.”
Officers asked Zimmerman if she had snacks for the child, who told them she was hungry, and Zimmerman said no, according to the report.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.