Lake Wales mom arrested for leaving child in car - WFLA News Channel 8

Lake Wales mom arrested for leaving child in car

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Malaika Meliat, 26 years old, is now facing a child neglect charge. Malaika Meliat, 26 years old, is now facing a child neglect charge.

Lake Wales police have arrested the mother of a two-year-old, saying she left the child in a car for about 20 minutes. Malaika Meliat, 26 years old, is now facing a child neglect charge.

Investigators say they answered a call about an infant in a car, at the Eagle Ridge Mall parking lot. When they arrived, they found a crowd gathered around the car. They say the car's windows were cracked. Police say Meliat told them that she needed to make a return at Victoria's Secret, and she didn't want to awaken the sleeping child. She thought her trip inside the mall would be quick. Investigators say it was about 20 minutes before she returned. Investigator say Meliat did not feel she had done anything wrong.

The two-year-old did not suffer any injuries. It is now in the custody of DCF.

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