2-year-old recovering after being left in car while mother taught classes at local school


NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WJBF) – A 2-year-old is recovering after being left inside of a vehicle for nearly 10 hours, Friday.

Authorities said that the incident happened at the faculty parking lot at North Augusta Middle School. Raquel Stevens leaving her daughter inside of her vehicle all day while she taught math.

An incident report sheds light into the situation. The incident was reported Friday afternoon after the toddler, was brought to Augusta University Medical Center unresponsive and with an elevated body temperature.

Stevens told officers she did not realize her child was left in the vehicle until she finished work late that afternoon. “That baby had to be hungry,” one neighbor said.

She immediately drove toward the hospital but stopped at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in Augusta since the child was unresponsive. Officers called an ambulance for the child.

The child is expected to make a full recovery without any detriment to her health, according to North Augusta Public Safety. 

Stevens is a math teacher at North Augusta Middle School and has taught there for three years according to the school district.

“She got to set an example for the younger generation,” Brian Keith Abbey said.

The Aiken County School District provided the following statement:

Ms. Stevens has been teaching mathematics at North Augusta Middle School for the last three years. She is outgoing, personable and a “favorite teacher” of many students. We can only imagine the anguish that’s associated with an accident of this nature and we join Ms. Stevens and her family in gratitude that the condition of her child is improving.

Standard protocols have been employed pending the outcome of the investigation.

Shawn spoke with many people about the incident, some of whom declined to be on camera. “I live across the street from the school. I think it should be an investigation,” Abbey added.

Stevens was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. She was booked and then released at the Aiken County jail on a $10,000 bond.

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