Authorities say a Largo woman left a 2-year-old boy locked inside a car while she went into a bar.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reports that customers at the St. Petersburg bar saw the child sleeping in the back seat of a white sedan with the windows rolled up and doors locked early Sunday morning. Security workers at the bar called the sheriff’s office.
This next part would be funny if it didn’t involve a little kid. When asked by the authorities how long she had been inside the Club 54 bar in St. Petersburg, “She told them she had only been there for about 20 minutes, but other customers claimed the woman had been there for at least an hour.” I have to wonder if she somehow thinks that it would be OK to leave the kid locked in the car while she had a drink if it was only for 20 minutes. Does it make her a better or worse person that she didn’t come up with a good lie, like, “I just had to use the ladies’ room” or something? I guess it doesn’t matter. By the way, this happened at 1:00am, in case you were wondering. Also, none of the news reports I read say that this was her son.
The woman, 29-year-old Caroline Kreitz, has been released from jail and the boy was taken by Child Protective Services.