Andrea Cole Was Arrested After Getting Drunk, Leaving Kids In Hot Car, Became Combative With Police | July 31
Manatee: A heavily intoxicated Florida woman was arrested after deputies found two young children in a hot car. Police were called to the scene regarding a possible domestic disturbance. They tried to make contact with Andrea Cole, 35, who had locked herself in the home.
The deputy on scene saw her two children in the car parked in the driveway. The vehicle was not running, and was parked in direct sunlight with all but one window rolled up.
The vehicle was parked in the front yard for what deputies estimate to be 15-20 minutes. They say the approximate temperature outside was 93 degrees with a heat index of 102 degrees.
One of the children was just 7 weeks old and was found unresponsive in the car. She later became responsive after aid was administered. The other was a 2-year-old, who was crying and showed signs of heat exhaustion.
Numerous bites or sores were observed on both children and a large mark was on the infant’s neck that appeared to be from the car seat strap.
Loose medication, open bottles of liquor and used diapers were all in the car. While interviewing Cole, deputies say she became very hostile and refused to answer questions.
She then reportedly squared off her body to deputies in an aggressive manner with closed fists and said she was going to fight them. Handcuffs were applied and she continued to be verbally aggressive.
Andrea Cole was charged with neglect of a child without great bodily harm.
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