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Woman arrested after leaving infant in car for over an hour

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Jan 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-17 14:19:49-05

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- A Vero Beach woman was arrested after leaving an infant unattended in a vehicle for longer than 45 minutes while she was inside Publix.

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, deputies were called to a Vero Beach Publix store in reference to an infant that had been left unattended.

Witnesses told deputies that they noticed the child in its car seat in the backseat of the vehicle when they parked next to it and upon returning to their vehicle from inside the store 45 minutes later, that the child was still occupying the vehicle, but at that time seemed to be crying hysterically.

Deputies say with the time it took to be dispatched to the call and the time it took to travel to the call, it can be determined that the child was left unattended in the vehicle in excess of an hour.

EMS was called to the scene and deputies entered the store to locate the owner of the vehicle.

Sarah Wilmoth was located and as she was brought to her vehicle. Upon seeing EMS giving care to the infant, deputies say Wilmoth screamed, "Oh my God! That's my son!"

When questioned about why she would leave her son in the car alone, she answered, "My cousin was in the car with my baby and I do not know where he ran off to and why he would leave my son alone."

Upon further questioning, deputies say Wilmoth admitted she was lying and that she left her child in the car alone because he was sleeping at the time. When asked how long she thought the child was left unattended in the vehicle, she stated, "I don't know but I know it was too long."

During her arrest, Wilmoth was searched and deputies found a small clear plastic baggy containing a clear rocky substance and a crack pipe with residual material within.  Wilmoth stated that the substance was Methamphetamine laced with cocaine. The substance was sent to the crime lab for testing.

Also during a search of Wilmoth, deputies discovered several items tucked into her bra. Wilmoth admitted to stealing the items from Publix.

The items totaled $35.26. Publix verified that the items did belong to them and that they wish to press charges.

Sarah Wilmoth was charged with possession of methamphetamine, leaving a child unattended in a vehicle in excess of 15 minutes, possession of drug paraphernalia, and shopping/retail theft.