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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

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JohnTaurus
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JohnTaurus 12/21/09 - 06:54 am
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What was the description of

What was the description of the robber again? Those details are difficult to remember....so rare and all.....I have never heard of a robber before that fits that description. Ooooh!!! Did y'all hear that elephant in the room trumpeting???? The sound was deafening.

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andywarhol 12/21/09 - 08:44 am
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22 is old enough to carry a

22 is old enough to carry a gun. I won't mention why I didn't have my gun last night, but my wife wanted to go for a walk down broad st. I at least carried a big hunting knife.

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FallingLeaves 12/21/09 - 09:05 am
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I cannot believe people are

I cannot believe people are still stupid enough to leave a child in a car alone for any length of time. Don't people know any better yet after all the news they hear of infants dying from conditions in the car, car-jackings, etc. There are any number of things that can happen to a child in that situation. People need to protect their children with their own lives. They can't do that if the children aren't WITH them!

Just Another Day
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Just Another Day 12/21/09 - 02:47 pm
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Just Nuts says:"this is

Just Nuts says:"this is another attempt by the AWM to portray you know who in a bad light . The non minority media focuses on sensational journalism and waste their time on insignificant stories. When are they going to finish investigating President Andrew Jackson for supposedly sleeping with the help instead of focusing on wasting taxpayer's money? this kinda of article only benefits you know who and the Seattle Supersonics. Great Country eh?"

talkrightmommy
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talkrightmommy 12/21/09 - 07:29 pm
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Ms. Baldwin has been charged

Ms. Baldwin has been charged with deprivation of a minor. Can someone please tell me what the minor was deprived of? A sleeping child bundled up in a car seat is perfectly happy and healthy while mom shops at Target for 30 minutes. This is better than waking the poor kid from a nice nap and dragging him out in the cold and then wheeling him around in a store during the cold and flu season.

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sfct 12/21/09 - 08:53 pm
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talkrightmommy- I sincerely

talkrightmommy- I sincerely hope you were being facetious. Do you honestly believe it is okay to leave a baby in the car alone in late December with temperatures in the 30s? It's not even okay to leave a dog in the car under those conditions. The "poor kid" wasn't having a "nice nap". It was 10:00 at night. The "poor kid" should have been at home in his warm crib.

talkrightmommy
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talkrightmommy 12/21/09 - 09:39 pm
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Deprivation: lack, denial,

Deprivation: lack, denial, deficiency, withholding.
Again I ask -- What did this child lack? What was denied? What was deficient or witheld? If you say the child was cold, I'd ask you to consider that every mom who took her child to see the Columbia County Christmas parade could be charged with the same crime.

talkrightmommy
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talkrightmommy 12/21/09 - 09:39 pm
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Deprivation: lack, denial,

Deprivation: lack, denial, deficiency, withholding.
Again I ask -- What did this child lack? What was denied? What was deficient or witheld? If you say the child was cold, I'd ask you to consider that every mom who took her child to see the Columbia County Christmas parade could be charged with the same crime.

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commentator 12/21/09 - 10:45 pm
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the child was being deprived

the child was being deprived of a safe, secure environment. and before you say anything.NO a locked car in a parking lot is NOT safe and secure! He should have been with mom. but then I cant imagine ANYTHING so important at Michaels that she HAD to LEAVE A 9 MONTH OLD in the car! Shame on her and shame on you for defending her. Its just wrong.

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gaspringwater 12/28/09 - 10:12 pm
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It strike me as being

It strike me as being ridiculous to say a mother has to be short tethered to a sleeping infant when its not in any discomfort nor need. Infants sleep at home while mom’s about the place and maybe out in the yard too.

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corgimom 12/29/09 - 12:26 am
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gas, you are a total moron,

gas, you are a total moron, and please God, I hope you never have kids. You are not responsible enough to properly care for one. You go sleep in your car tonight and see what you need- warmth for one thing. Infants cannot regulate their body temps and they also do not have the capability to retrieve their covers if they slip off, or pull them up tighter if they are cold. You have said some really stupid things on here, but you outdid yourself on this one. Who would think it's ok to leave an infant alone, let alone in 30 degree weather?

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