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article imageFlorida mom gets drunk in bar, leaves toddlers in freezing car

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 6, 2013 in Crime
Debary - The 30-year-old was arrested after she stumbled out of a bar at 2 a.m. and her one-year-old and four-year-old were discovered in the back seat of her SUV.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was on routine patrol in DeBary Monday when he passed by Shotz Bar & Grill shortly after 2 a.m. The officer noticed a crowd gathered in the parking lot and went over to investigate.
It turned out an intoxicated woman asked other bar patrons to help her get home. When they got outside, they noticed two young girls sitting in the back seat of the woman's SUV. A visor had been adjusted in an attempt to shield the children from view. According to the deputy, the vehicle was not running and the outside temperature was around 30 degrees F.
Cheryn Scaggs, 30, faces two charges of child neglect.
Witnesses told police that Scaggs was in the bar for about two hours, drinking heavily. Several times she left the establishment before returning a short time later. She never mentioned her children were left in her SUV and one witness reported Scaggs said her kids were being looked after by a neighbour.
The owner of Shotz was quoted as saying, "We feel fortunate that this situation was discovered before the woman was able to leave, which led to her subsequent arrest. We pray that these children will be placed in safe care."
The Volusia County Fire Service was called and firefighters determined the girls were not physically hurt. James Cox, the toddlers' uncle was called to come and pick up his nieces. Cox said, "They looked like they were traumatized at first. Upsetting, because you know so many things could have happened cause you know she left them out in the car for what I heard it was a couple of hours."
Cox added if Scaggs was so desperate to go out she could have called him. He was available to look after the girls.
Scaggs was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach and her bail was set at $10,000. Her conditions of bail include she cannot consume alcohol and can only have contact with her children through the state's Department of Families and Children.
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