ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) – St. Petersburg Police say a woman was arrested for leaving a child unattended in a van.
Police say they responded to the 2000 block of 42nd Street South Saturday just before 4 p.m. regarding a call of a child who had been left in an unattended van for several hours. Police say the child, a four month old female infant, was treated at the scene by paramedics for heat exposure and transported to a hospital.
Officers learned that Natasha Graver, the child's mother, had decided to attend a funeral and claimed that once in the church lot, according to police, that she forgot about her child and proceeded into the church leaving the van windows up and engine off. Police say after the service concluded, Graver returned to her van and drove home. Police say the child was later found unresponsive in the back seat.
Police say Natasha Graver claimed that leaving the child unattended was not intentional and she had just forgotten placing her in the van. Officers estimate, given graver's account, that the child was left unattended in the van for approximately three and a half hours, St. Pete Police said.
Police say Graver was charged with one count of child abuse.