GASTONIA, N.C. – A 24-year-old mother has been arrested on child abuse charges after police say she left her toddler alone in the car while she went shopping.
Amanda Lynn Stone faces misdemeanor child abuse charges.
According to police, Stone left her 3-year-old alone in the car April 3 while she went shopping at Franklin Square. Police said the child was asleep in the car.
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Stone admitted she left the child alone, but said she was only gone five minutes, according to police. A witness says Stone arrived back at her vehicle 10 minutes after she first saw the child.