UPDATED ON 6: Mother Charged After Leaving Baby In Car
By Randy Key, WJBF Web Content Coordinator - email
Mug shot of Alicia Manigault (Credit: Richmond County Sheriff's Office)
Photo of the scene where a child was reportedly left in a car at Virginia College Thursday morning
Augusta, GA -
***UPDATED at 4:49 P.M. on Thursday, June 19th***
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has charged a mother after she reportedly left her 2-week-old baby boy unattended in a SUV at Virginia College Thursday morning.
At approximately 8:42 a.m., deputies responded to Virginia College, located at 2807 Wylds Road in Augusta, regarding an infant, Christopher Howard, who had been left unattended in a vehicle.
Upon arrival, deputies observed a dark gray colored 2011 Toyota 4Runner with the engine turned off. The windows were only down 1-2 inches each.
Deputies observed a baby carrier in the rear cargo area of the 4Runner with the baby inside of it, covered with a white blanket. A deputy took immediate action and climbed through the sunroof of the 4Runner, unlocked the doors, and took the baby out of the vehicle.
EMS arrived on the scene and transported the infant to Georgia Regents Medical Center for medical treatment. After the baby was stabilized and hydrated, he was released and turned over to his maternal grandmother.
The mother of the baby, 20-year-old Alicia Manigault, was charged with Cruelty to Children 2nd Degree. Manigault stated she left baby Christopher in the vehicle while she took final exams inside of the College for Cosmetology School. The baby was estimated to have been in the vehicle from 30 minutes up to 1 hour.
The Georgia Department of Children and Family Services (DFACS) responded to the hospital and launched their own investigation.