Across the area

Woman accused of leaving baby unattended in car as she shopped


An Augusta woman was arrested and charged with deprivation of a minor after police said she left her 9-month-old son unattended in a car while shopping.

A Richmond County sheriff's report says that about 10 p.m. Saturday someone in the parking lot of Michael's on Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway noticed the child strapped in a car seat with all the doors of the vehicle locked. An officer found the child's mother, Wilva Katherine Baldwin, 28, of the 1500 block of Myrtle Lane, inside the store.

Richmond County Investigator William Leisey said the child had been left alone in the car for about 30 minutes. The boy was returned to his father uninjured.

Robber gets wallet, camouflage jacket

A 22-year-old Augusta man told police he was robbed Sunday morning while walking at 1900 Battle Row.

The victim told officers that a man approached him about 11:20 a.m., struck him several times with his fist and knocked him to the ground. The robber stole the man's camouflage winter jacket and wallet and fled on foot. The robber was described as black with a slender build, in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall. The robber was known to the victim by the name Curt.

Girl, 8, hospitalized after Saturday crash

An 8-year-old girl was in serious condition Sunday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital after a car crash in North Augusta on Saturday.

According to North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Pearson, a car ran into a power pole on Five Notch Road near its intersection with Caretta Street about 9 p.m.

The driver of the car, who was not identified, has been charged with driving with a suspended license