Henrico woman arrested for child neglect

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico woman is out on bond tonight, just a day after being arrested for felony child neglect and DUI.

Police charged Kerry Ann Perkins following an incident at the Food Lion on the 5400 block of West Broad Street.

Tonight, police are crediting the night manager of this store for possibly saving not only the lives of the arrested woman and her daughter, but perhaps other customers as well.

Monday night, just before nine, police say Kerry Ann Perkins got in her car and drove away from the Food Lion. Just one problem:

"There was a young child there that had been left alone." said Lt. Doug Perry of Henrico Police

Police say her 15-year-old daughter was left behind. A store manager noticed the girl and called police with a troublesome tip.

"Not only did she leave her child there, it appeared to him that she was intoxicated." Perry said.

Moments later, though, police say Perkins returned and her teenaged daughter then got in the car. By that point, police were already on the way and were able to stop the woman behind the store.

"We did test her for DUI and she was extremely intoxicated." Perry said.

An online arrest database showed Perkins' blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

"We have a small percentage of people that just do not get it." said Carter Hill, director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Police and the director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving give credit to the store's manager for getting involved.

"My take on this, if that lady would've been able to drive away with her daughter in the car, chances are she could've ran into somebody, killed them, herself, injured herself, or killed her daughter." said Hill.

Perkins was released on bond today and will appear in court at a later date. Police couldn't say, though, what happened leading up to the incident at the supermarket. Perkins, herself, was unreachable for comment.

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