A MOTHER has been arrested after her three-year-old daughter was found wandering the car park of the strip club where she worked.
Manouchika Daniels, 23, is alleged to have left her child alone for hours in a car while she went to work at the Vegas Cabaret in Miami.
Manouchika Daniels, 23, was arrested after leaving her child alone in a car for three hours while she went to work at a strip club[/caption]
The girl was found in tears at 1.53am on Tuesday by a passerby, who promptly phoned emergency services.
Local police said that when they arrived the girl “appeared to be confused” but led them to a nearby car, a black Toyota Corolla.
They said the engine of the car was not running and the back window had been opened enough to allow air in.
They added that through the window they could see toys and a car seat.
Daniels arrived around half an hour later and identified herself as the child’s mother and the owner of the vehicle.
Lt. Michael Santiago of the Lauderhill police department said: “She admitted that she just left the child there briefly while she dropped somebody off, but later in the case we realised that was not the issue”.
Police determined the girl had been left in the car at around 11pm, almost three hours before she was found.
Santiago continued: “I mean, she could’ve been seriously hurt.
“A three-year-old is especially vulnerable in this type of situation.
“You have traffic flow on University Drive and it’s dark.”
Police added that the passerby who spotted the girl had been driving at the time, and expressed gratitude that she had been alert enough to realise the child was one her own.
Daniels appeared in a Broward County yesterday on one charge of neglecting a child without great bodily harm.
Her daughter was reported to have been in the custody of Child Protective Services, but Daniels’s lawyer told the judge she was now staying with Daniels’s sister.
He also told the court Daniels had no prior convictions and was currently attending a real estate academy.
Judge Jackie Powell said: “I am not sure what is going on here, and it may very well be an unfortunate situation, but we have a [three-year-old] that was left in a car while she went to work.
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“I know she has no priors, but these are serious allegations.”
Bail was sat at $5,000 (£3,988).
The girl was found wandering in the car park of the Vegas Cabaret in Miami[/caption]
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