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Another parent charged with leaving child unattended in vehicle in Augusta

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Another parent is facing charges after leaving a small child alone in an unattended, hot vehicle.

Tyrone Tyson Thomas  SPECIAL
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Tyrone Tyson Thomas


In the latest case, the father left the parking lot at Augusta Mall even though his 2-year-old son had been taken from the vehicle by a concerned bystander.

Tyrone Tyson Thomas, 27, of Girard, Ga., was booked into the Richmond County jail Tuesday on a charge of deprivation of a minor.

The incident is one of several locally in which children have been left unattended in cars.

Devon Middleton, 25, told police a passer-by in the Augusta Mall parking lot told him about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday that a child was sitting alone in a brown van. Middleton took the child, who was in the unlocked vehicle with the windows up, into his custody for safety, according to an incident report.

Mall security photos showed Middleton pulling the child from the vehicle seven minutes after Thomas left the vehicle. Six minutes later, Thomas returned to the van and left the parking lot.

Another witness, a 53-year-old Grovetown man, flagged down Thomas on Wrightboro Road to tell him the mall officers had his child.

The witness told officers Thomas did not mention contacting police; however, Thomas told police he immediately noticed the toddler was missing and was heading to the sheriff’s office to file a report.

A report states the child was unharmed. The Department of Family and Children Services was notified and allowed the child to be released to his mother.

On Monday, a 28-year-old woman was charged similarly after she left her 6-month-old alone in the car while she shopped at the Broad Street Family Dollar.

In June, 20-year-old Alicia Manigault left her 2-week-old son under a blanket in his car seat in the rear of her SUV at Virginia College while she took an exam. Several officers rescued the child from the vehicle.

Two other mothers have been charged with leaving children in vehicles while at Wal-Mart stores. One was working, and the other was arrested on shoplifting charges.

In July, a Hephzibah man pulled a 19-month-old from a hot car on Woodcrest Drive in Hephzibah. The good Samaritan was awarded by Safe Kids; the father, 45-year-old Russell Givens, was booked into jail.

In 2013, the sheriff’s office reported only two cases of parents leaving children unattended in vehicles.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/06/14 - 01:47 pm
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I never

left my kid (now 14) alone in the car for even 10 seconds even in cool weather. Yes, it's a pain to unstrap them, carry them, etc. etc. but think how you would feel if they died from heat or other causes or were taken?

shamrock
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shamrock 08/06/14 - 01:47 pm
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Fitting Punishment

Start putting these parents in a hot car for just 10-15 minutes (with EMTs standing by) and see if they get the message.

Graymare
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Graymare 08/06/14 - 02:10 pm
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Really?

"he immidiately noticed the child was missing and was heading to the sheriff’s office to file a report." Why not call from the parking lot or ask someone to call the police for him? By the way, staff writer Johnson, the word is spelled IMMEDIATELY.

curly123053
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curly123053 08/06/14 - 02:48 pm
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Sick Parents !!

These people are lying to cover their butts. They know what they are doing !! Both cases this week they knew !! The law has got to take harsher action to wake people up.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 08/06/14 - 02:51 pm
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I Continue To Be Amazed

And the problem is these "things" are continuing to bring innocent children into a life/lifestyle that they had no choice. On top of that, you have the stupid azz that left his poor son to die in the car, while he "worked" @ Home Depot.

grinder48
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grinder48 08/06/14 - 05:59 pm
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What is with these stupid people?

corgimom
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corgimom 08/07/14 - 04:30 am
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Another sorry person that

Another sorry person that couldn't parent a guppy, let alone a child.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/07/14 - 08:12 am
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OK - SIMPLE SUGGESTION

As Community Service.....

Stores start placing a sign on your front doors to the effect of.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO LEAVE A CHILD UNDER ____
in a vehicle unattended.

historylover
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historylover 08/07/14 - 08:20 am
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AFJoe

And what that be? Their stupidity?

kc fan
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kc fan 08/07/14 - 09:02 am
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revision

Nocnoc great idea except for one revision

IT IS ILLEGAL TO LEAVE A CHILD
in a vehicle unattended.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/07/14 - 09:04 am
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SAMARITANS
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It would appear that there are many good Samaritans doing a better job at watching out for children than their own parents. It's too bad you can't turn off the ability to procreate for these lousy people.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 08/07/14 - 12:19 pm
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H-lover...Post pulled

Guess my post got pulled by Sean, I was just being observant.

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