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Only On 6: Mother Explains Why She Left Daughter in Park

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News Channel 6 has obtained video of police interviewing the mom police say confessed to leaving her daughter at Summerfield Park in North Augusta unsupervised while she went to work at a McDonald's in Augusta.

Debra Harrell was arrested June 30th and charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

She tells a North Augusta Public Safety Sergeant why her daughter was at the park.

Harrell said, "She was meeting her friends in the park this morning. They were supposed to all met up there today and left the park and went back to their house. So, I guess they didn't come or anything, but she was supposed to be with her friend."
Sergeant asked, "Did you drop her off at the park?"

Harrell said, "Yes at 9 o'clock."

Sergeant asked, "Was her friend there at the time?"

Harrell replied, "No. She said she was on her way."

Harrell then explains her friend told her to just leave her daughter at the park and she would pick her up. Saying they do it all the time.
Sergeant asked, "So you leave her at the park unsupervised?"

"Yeah, but I thought, you know, everybody's there. You know, I didn't feel like that I needed to be up there, sitting up there with her," Harrell replied.

Sergeant asked, "You're her mother right?"

Harrell answered, "Yes sir."
Sergeant asked, "You understand that you're in charge of that child's well-being?"

Harrell replied, "Yes sir."

Sergeant said, "That's not other people's job to do so."

Harrell said, "Yes sir."

The questioning continues as Harrell explains to the investigator that she doesn't leave her daughter at the park everyday.

 "I'm trying to tell you (she) does not go up there everyday. I do not let her go in the water everyday, said Harrell."

"How many times have you taken her up there and don't just tell me this one crap because that's not true?" asked the Sergeant.

"About 2, 3 times. I'd say 2 or 3 times. I say 2 or 3 times," said Harrell.

The Sergeant leaves the room and tells Harrell to hang tight for a second. She then explains the situation to another detective still in the room.

"See they broke in my house. You know, so, she don't have no TV or nothing to look at no more. I thought that would be the safest place for her," said Harrell.

Calls made to Debra Harrell's attorney have not been returned.

Harrell is scheduled to appear in court on September 5th.


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