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Mother of newborn left in car to face possible indictment

Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:22 PM
Last updated Friday, July 25, 2014 2:23 AM
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The criminal case against a young Augusta mother accused of leaving her newborn inside her vehicle while she took a final exam was bound over to the grand jury Thursday.



Richmond County Civil and Magistrate Court Presiding Judge H. Scott Allen made that ruling at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing for 20-year-old Alicia Manigault.

Manigault has been in jail since June 19 when her 14-day-old son was found strapped in his car seat in the cargo area of her SUV which was parked at Virginia College.

Sheriff’s Investigator Darrell Turner testified Thursday that a security guard working at the school spotted the baby about 8:30 a.m. that morning and called 911. The temperature at 8 a.m. was 72 and by 9 a.m. it was 78 degrees, he said.

All of the windows of the locked Toyota 4-Runner were down an inch or two and the sunroof was fully open, Turner said. Deputy Jacob Green was able to crawl through the sunroof to reach the baby.

The infant was taken to the hospital. The physician who examined him reported the baby suffered no physical distress from his time in the car, Turner testified.

On cross-examination, defense attorney Tanya Jeffords brought out that Manigault was in a tight spot that morning. If she missed another day of school she would be expelled. The baby’s father had just started a new job that morning and Manigault’s mother – who was going to watch the baby – had a doctor’s appointment.

Manigault made a terrible decision, but she lacked any intention to harm her baby, Jeffords said. She only intended to leave the baby during a 20-minute exam, she said.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar countered the baby was in the vehicle for about 40 minutes and that intent wasn’t necessary for the crime Manigault faces – cruelty to children in the second degree.

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corgimom
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corgimom 07/24/14 - 08:59 pm
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I've been in tight spots too.

I've been in tight spots too. My son's father was in the Army, he was constantly gone on FTX's, I was 2600 miles from family, and I had a baby with medical problems. I didn't have ANY babysitters, I had to make it work.

But never, ever did I leave my baby alone, or leave him in a car.

Never. Ever.

Either I had him with me or I stayed home.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/24/14 - 10:24 pm
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As a mother put in a difficult situation you've been there. Today young women are having kids that they don't want to impact how they live. They neglect and ignore the child's needs in favor of their own wants. This woman could have taken the child with her but she chose to expose that child to a potentially horrific fate. This type of neglect is becoming so common you have to wonder whet our society is headed.

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hoptoad 07/25/14 - 05:51 am
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I'm with you on this one, CM.

I'm with you on this one, CM.

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Pops 07/25/14 - 06:05 am
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Wow.....I can't

believe she has not bonded out yet.......

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/25/14 - 06:31 am
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Mother of newborn left in car to face possible indictment

Why is the word "POSSIBLE" even used?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/25/14 - 07:23 am
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So what do we do

Don't be so fast to barbecue this woman...

She made a mistake--a big one...this has gone on for ages & now the public is upset because of news reports...I can remember the days this was common, but, we didn't have the crime we have today....all windows were down in the car......we have been left in cars many times & we survived.

What a difference 40 years have made in this country.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 07/25/14 - 10:11 am
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Sorry but it was the poor child that could have been BBQ'd. I'm not with you on this one.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 07/25/14 - 11:29 am
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I agree with SeenitB4. We were left in hot cars, with the window

down, as children while our mothers were in the grocery store (no adult
supervision), and probable watching a newborn at times. But, it was a safer world back then. This woman made a terrible mistake, in a desperate situation, but she should be let out to be with her newborn. I do not support prosecuting her, considering the circumstances. Not only would it be a waste of taxpayer money, but she should be reunited with her newborn as soon as possible. The officials should go forward with the best solution possible (at this point) for the new mother, the infant and society. And, thank God that Security man was able to get the baby out of that car!

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Marinerman1 07/25/14 - 12:19 pm
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Tough To Weigh In On

A bad situation. Would like to know what Virginia College would've offered. Once again, I feel most sorry for the baby, who did not choose to enter this family dynamic. Birth Control...Available...Use It.

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Fiat_Lux 07/25/14 - 01:19 pm
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If my mom had dumped on me with a Dr's appt

I would have taken him into the exam with me.

Manigault's mother probably would have had an easier time getting an appt rescheduled that her daughter would have had getting her final exam time changed.

Where's the family love here?

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