LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – A 23-year old mother faces a negligent child abuse charge after, police say, she left her 3-year old daughter unattended in a public parking lot for more than an hour.
On Wednesday morning at around 9:50, Joanna Joseph arrived at Syke, a business located on Griffin Road in Lakeland.
Joseph entered the building to complete paperwork.
Her daughter was left alone in a running vehicle in the parking lot, the affidavit reads The doors were unlocked.
The situation was so disturbing, a witness notified a Syke employee who called police.
When police arrived just before 11:30 a.m., the 3-year old asked for her mother.
Joseph told police she came out once to check on her daughter but a witness never saw her leave her computer.
“Joseph was placed under arrest due to leaving her minor child in a running vehicle, unsecured. The vehicle was parked in a place where the general public had access,” police wrote in the arrest affidavit.
Bond was set at $2,500. The judge ordered Joseph to abide by DCF plans.