When Aaron Clore heard a baby crying in a locked car in the Pinellas Park Target parking lot on Monday, he knew just what to do.
"I've run on calls before where parents have left their kids in the car and it's heartbreaking. " Said Clore. Clore is a firefighter and emergency medical technician from the east coast. He was in town for a medical treatment for his son.
Clore called made sure the toddler was okay, and then called 911. Police responded and arrested the child's mother, 35-year old Vita Abramenkova, on a child neglect charge. She told detectives her daughter was sleeping, so she left the car running with the air conditioning on and locked it. Authorities say she spent about 40 minutes in the store without checking on the little girl.
Sgt. Adam Geissenberger with the Pinellas Park Police Department says he hopes parents don't think this type of behavior is acceptable. "This is not someone who pulled into a friend's driveway and ran inside for five seconds. This is somebody who pulled into a commercial location, which was very crowded, while it's 92 degrees outside, and went inside for 40 minutes."
Abramenkova was released from jail early this morning after she posted a $2,000 bond. No one answered the door at her Clearwater apartment.
Authorities say the child is fine and is now in the care of her father. Clore says he's just happy he was there to help. "To see someone do that, is willingly put their kid in danger." Said Clore, shaking his head. "And that's not okay."
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