Mother Accused of Leaving Infant in Car While Shopping

Child released to another family member

By Matthew Stabley
|  Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 6:44 PM EDT
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Mother Accused of Leaving Infant in Car While Shopping

Fredericksburg Police

Emma Okyere

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A Virginia woman was charged with felony child neglect after her baby was found unattended in a parking lot in Fredericksburg, Va.

The infant was secured in a child seat and was crying when a customer found it at the Walmart in the 1800 Carl D. Silver Parkway before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The baby’s mother, 37-year-old Emma Okyere, of Stafford, returned to the vehicle a few minutes after police arrived. Okyere had left the child for about 30 minutes while shopping, police said.

Okyere was ordered held in jail on $1,500 bond.

Child Protective Services released the child to another relative.

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