Florida woman arrested: Left toddler in car for 40 minutes

Pinellas Park Police arrested a mother for leaving her 19-month old daughter in the car while she went shopping. Another cautionary hot car tale.

Tampa Bay-area police have arrested a woman for leaving her 19-month-old daughter in a car while she shopped.

Sgt. Adam Geissenberger says witnesses alerted Pinellas Park Police that Vita Abramenkova had left her child in a locked, running vehicle for 40 minutes Monday afternoon.

Geissenberger says the car's air conditioning was circulating on low while the temperature in the parking lot was 92 degrees. The child was found crying inside the vehicle.

Geissenberger says Abramenkova told police her daughter was asleep when they arrived at the store and she didn't want to rouse the child.

Abramenkova was charged with child neglect. She was released on $2,000 bond. Pinellas County jail records did not show whether she had an attorney.

As The Christian Science Monitor reported recently, according to the kidsandcars.org web site, the number of heat stroke-related deaths was 44 in 2013.

And for those kids who don’t die in cars, there may still be serious consequences for parents who leave their children alone in vehicles. In June, Salon.com published an article about one mother's split-second decision to leave her young son in the car, and the criminal case brought against her because  another parent reported her to authorities (in this instance, it was a cool, cloudy day, no heat risk involved).

These stories can give parents pause – and prompt them to search for solutions.  According to some sources, about half of all hot-car child deaths are the result of parents (often the parent who doesn't usually transport the child to day care or shopping) forgetting the child is in the car.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Safe Kids Worldwide recommend that parents never leave children unattended in a car, even for a minute. They also suggest that parents place a reminder for themselves inside the car to prompt them to check the back seat. Finally, parents should teach children to not play inside cars.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

QR Code to Florida woman arrested: Left toddler in car for 40 minutes
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today