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Baby left in car; mom charged

Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 12:40 PM
Last updated 8:17 PM
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An Augusta woman is being charged after she left her 6-month-old unattended in a car Monday, police said.

Chastity Anedra Joshua was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of deprivation of a minor.
Chastity Anedra Joshua was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of deprivation of a minor.


About 5:15 p.m., police were called to the 1900 block of Broad Street to help Chastity Anedra Joshua get into a locked vehicle with her infant inside.

Joshua said she left the baby in the vehicle alone for less than 10 minutes while she and another woman went into Family Dollar, according to an incident report. The mother said she did not want to disturb the sleeping child.

After returning to the vehicle, she said, she accidentally locked her keys in the car.

Surveillance video at the business shows Joshua leaving the baby at 5:14 p.m. and returning at 5:22 p.m. The child was removed from the vehicle after police opened the vehicle with a lockout kit at 5:40 p.m.

The woman and baby were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center by ambulance for an evaluation. Soon after, Joshua was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of deprivation of a minor.

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sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 08/05/14 - 02:45 pm
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SORRY...I JUST AIN'T

SORRY, I just ain't gonna leave my child or any other human being or animal in a car unattended and it hot. What is wrong with you people? Don't you get it or don't you care? Please, stop making excuses....if you need to get formula or diapers....tote your baby in with you...or use a pillow case...just stop taking risks. Do you love your child? I walked up to a car today and there were kids in it and their young mother...and yes....you guessed it...the windows were up. I walked right over and opened the car door and said, maam it's too hot in here for these kids and for you. Please come in the building. I did the right thing that was on my heart and gave them the opportunity to do the same and have the priviledge of being cool and safe.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/05/14 - 03:35 pm
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Yeah, what JUNK in Family

Yeah, what JUNK in Family Dollar is worth the life and well-being of a child?

corgimom
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corgimom 08/05/14 - 03:38 pm
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She JUST MOVED HERE from

She JUST MOVED HERE from Alaska.

Welcome to Augusta!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/05/14 - 03:44 pm
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OK some (not all ) of the Child in Car ALERTS are over the top

Sad to say YES we have had some really Stupid Parents and possibly evil ones at that.

But when we were kids the parents left us in the car, a lot, to run in and out of the store to grab something during all 4 season.

We rolled the windows down in the summer and drank a coke, or played army and used a canteen of water. We even played Alphabet Bingo in the parking lot.

BIG deal......

But now we are seeing police called for 5, 6, 7, & 8+ years olds?

Are kids nowadays too dumb or such sheep to be trusted to sit in a car with the windows down for 10 mins.

I ask , because there is little or no difference being outside in the sun vs in a car with the windows down.

Maybe we need some perspective to be applied and a few people to ask a simple question: Are y'all ok? but trying to play hero.

JBH3306
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JBH3306 08/06/14 - 08:39 am
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Agree with you nocnoc

Agree with you nocnoc. The pendalium has swung to far, again, in light of the Ross Harris case. I was left in the car all the time as a kid while my mom ran into the store to get something. I remember her explicitly asking me - 'do you want to go it or do you want to stay in the car?' My car actually has the feature where you can leave it running, ac on, and lock the doors, and take the key (key fob) with you. I remember that being a sales pitch when buying it (I'm sure not anymore). A man in Milton, GA was arrested just for that yesterday (ran in real quick, 10 minutes, left kids in running, ac car, watching a movie). Come on, this is too much.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/06/14 - 09:32 am
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These situations should be examined on a case by case basis. Yes I was left in the car when I was young and no one thought anything about it. My grandsons 9 and 11 recently stayed in my SUV watching a DVD and the other played a hand held video game. Neither were in danger and both were old enough to get out if they wanted to. We've become a nanny state. That all being said a child too young to talk or exit a car on their own should never be left in a car under any circumstances.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 08/06/14 - 09:56 am
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Why couldn't the other woman

Why couldn't the other woman stay in the car with the child? Then if she needed to purchase something, she could go in after the mother came back. A little common sense really goes a long way.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/14 - 12:28 pm
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The reason why you aren't

The reason why you aren't allowed to do that anymore is because all of the THIEVES that steal cars right and left.

There's just too much crime to do it now.

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jesslgrdn 08/07/14 - 07:36 am
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nocnoc

It's dangerous whether it is hot or cold. Numbers and/or age do not make it any safer to leave your children unattended. All across our country, males and females of all ages are abducted on a daily basis. It's really not even safe nowadays to let your children play outside your own home unsupervised. It's just not the same world it was when we were kids.

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