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Mom goes to bar, leaves kid in car: Broward Sheriff's Office

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Posted at 10:38 AM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 10:38:36-05

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida woman left her 2-year-old son alone in her car while she went to a bar.

The SunSentinel reports deputies found the child early Monday after receiving an anonymous complaint.

An arrest report says 29-year-old Jennifer Potts met deputies at the car and told them she'd left the baby for a few seconds while she went back into the Deerfield Beach bar to get her phone.

Prosecutor Eric Linder said at a bond hearing the facts don't support Potts' claim and the child was alone a minimum of 17 minutes.

Assistant Public Defender Brian Reidy says Potts, who's charged with child neglect, had been out with friends.

A judge ordered no contact with the child until a future court hearing.

Child protective services will review the case.