St. Petersburg mother arrested for leaving 4-month-old girl in hot, unattended van for over 3 hours

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - St. Petersburg Police arrest a mother for leaving her 4-month-old daughter inside a hot, unattended van for hours.

Officers received a call around 3:50 p.m. on Saturday a child had been left in a van parked at 2011 42nd Street South.

Paramedics treated the 4-month-old girl at the scene for heat exposure. The infant was taken to All Children's Hospital. Her condition does not appear to be life threatening, but doctors are continuing to monitor her vital signs.

Police interviewed the parents of the girl to determine what happened.

The mother, Natasha Graver, told officers she decided to attend the funeral of the three women killed in a hit-and-run accident on June 26.  She placed her daughter in the child restraint seat in the backseat of her van and drove to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to attend the service.

Graver claimed once inside the church parking lot she forget about her baby and went inside the church, leaving the van's windows up and engine off.

After the service concluded, Graver said she returned home and, once again, left her daughter inside the hot van with the windows up and engine off.

Graver's husband said he did not question where the baby was, assuming his wife had left the girl with a relative.

The couple made plans to eat out and when they returned to the van they discovered the girl unresponsive in the child restraint seat and called 911.

Graver says she never intended to leave the girl and had just forgotten she placed her inside the van.

Officers found the car restraint seat in the center of the van's backseat, just behind and to the right of the driver's seat. Police believe the girl was left inside the van for approximately three-and-a-half hours.

Officers arrested Graver, charging her with one count of Child Abuse.

Child Protection investigators responded to the scene and left Graver's four other children, ages 1 to 13, in the custody of her husband.

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