28-year-old mom arrested for leaving one-year-old boy in unattended car to pay parking ticket

Posted at 7:49 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-01 14:56:57-04

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman who left a one-year-old boy in an unattended car at the courthouse in unincorporated Clearwater while she paid a parking ticket. 

It happened around 12:00 p.m. on Friday in the parking lot of the Pinellas County Justice Center courthouse located at 14250 49th Street North.

Officials said a courthouse employee notified them of the unattended one-year-old boy.

Upon arriving they found the child sleeping inside the locked car with the windows rolled up, the engine running and the air conditioning on. They were able to remove him through a missing window that was covered in tape. He was in good medical condition.

The child's mother, 28-year-old Antwynett Lane, returned to the vehicle shortly afterward.

Lane admitted to deputies she intentionally left the child in the vehicle because she was running late to pay a ticket.

Deputies estimate the child was left unattended for approximately 15 minutes.

Lane was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. She is being charged with one count of Child Neglect.