Deputies: Mother charged after leaving child in vehicle while shopping

Deputies: Mother charged after leaving child in vehicle while shopping
Aminata Barrie (Source: Stafford County Sheriff's Office)

STAFFORD Co., Va. (WWBT) - The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office charged a woman with child neglect after they say she left a child in a vehicle while shopping.

The sheriff’s office was called just after 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 by a person who said they saw a small child alone in a vehicle parked at the Walmart along Garrisonville Road.

When the deputy arrived, they say the child was inside the vehicle alone and visibly upset.

The child’s mother, Aminata Barrie, 30, of Stafford, came out of the store with shopping bags while the deputy was there, officials said.

“It was determined Barrie left the 2-year-old child inside the vehicle for approximately 26 minutes while she shopped. Numerous items and trash were left within reaching distance of the child,” deputies said in a release.

Barrie was charged with child neglect and served three outstanding warrants from Prince William County. She is being held without bond at Rappahannock Regional Jail.

The deputy cared for the child and gave her a blanket until a family member arrived to take her.

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