Pinellas mom charged for leaving kids alone in hotel room, deputies say she was off drinking

Posted at 10:15 AM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 10:15:25-04

Deputies say a Pinellas County woman left her kids alone in a hotel room while she went out drinking for six hours. 

Claudia Costa, 52, is facing neglect and disorderly conduct charges after she left her 10-year-old and 13-year-old kids to wander the Trade Winds resort in St. Petersburg over the weekend. 

At the same time, deputies say Costa crashed a private party and began threatening staff at the bar. When deputies arrived, she refused to exit the party. 

Costa was released on bond with an ankle monitor.