A New Port Richey mother was arrested and charged with child neglect after leaving her 2-month-old child unattended in a car Sunday, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
Sarah Nicole Lacy, 27, of 6614 Trichel Lane, drove to a New Port Richey Walmart Sunday around 4:30 p.m. Lacy’s 2 1/2-month-old daughter was left in her car seat inside the Ford Taurus with the windows rolled up and the engine turned off, according to the arrest report. The windows of the car are not tinted, according to deputies, and the outside temperature was 81 degrees.
Lacy went to her car about 4:41 p.m. to retrieve her debit card and was seen re-entering the store two minutes later, the report said. The child was seen in the car by a witness, who told deputies a message went out on the store’s public address system about a child being left in the car, deputies said.
Lacy did not exit the store until 4:58 p.m., the report said, after members of the Pasco County Fire Rescue and the sheriff’s office had arrived.
Fire rescue members broke the car’s window to get to the child. They report the baby was hot to the touch and her dress was wet with sweat.
During Lacy’s time inside Walmart, five calls were made on her cell phone to her boyfriend, deputies said. One of the calls lasted more than 10 minutes.
Deputies said Lacy changed her story several times. She said an Albuterol prescription was ready at CVS, but she wanted to price check it at Walmart.
Lacy’s boyfriend, who was not with her at the store, told deputies she went to Walmart to buy batteries.
Lacy was arrested and charged with child neglect. She remains in the Land O’ Lakes Jail with a $5,000 bond.