Pensacola woman accused of leaving toddler alone in unlocked vehicle

Source: Escambia County Jail log

A woman was arrested outside of Burlington Coat Factory on North Davis Highway for leaving a 1-year-old inside a car alone, authorities said.

According to the report, the toddler was standing in the driver’s seat of a Mazda SUV playing with all the controls in the car while it was running.

Witnesses said the doors were also unlocked, the report stated.

A couple noticed the 1-year-old inside alone and called 911 asking if they could remove the child for safety purposes, the report stated.

The dispatcher allowed them to remove the child, the report added.

Once Escambia County Sheriff's deputies arrived, 37-year-old Shronda Nicole Gant came to the car stating she left the toddler inside the car with a teenager for about five minutes.

Deputies watched the parking lot surveillance video and confirmed no one else was inside the car but Gant and the child.

According to the report, deputies also found a marijuana “shake” on the driving column behind the steering wheel.

Marijuana "shake" is small pieces of marijuana ground up for rolling into a marijuana cigarette.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was alerted and Gant was arrested.

She's been charged with cruelty towards a child.

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