Mother arrested for leaving child unattended downtown
Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Santa Rosa woman who left her 3-year-old daughter unattended in a car on Commercial Row for an extended period of time.
“Parking Enforcement Officer Andria Golden was walking downtown on March 13 at 3 p.m. when she noticed a small child unattended in a vehicle on Commercial Row,” Sgt. Bill Evans said. “She called deputies to the scene and they found a window partly down.”
Evans said the deputies used a slimjim to break into the car, and set off the alarm three times in the process, but the parents did not make an appearance. An officer took the child to the hospital to be medically cleared.
“About 20 minutes later the mother showed up and saw Deputy Bill Mardison there,” Evans said. “She demanded to know where her child was. She was told that the child had been taken for safekeeping and a medical check.”
Evans said the mother, 35-year-old Sandra Glover, told Mardison the whole thing was ridiculous, and that she wanted her child back because she needed to leave.
“She said she was shopping and felt the alarm would have alerted her if anyone had tried to take her child, which it did not,” Evans said.
He said it took deputies approximately 30 seconds to break into the car and take the child without the mother knowing.
“Deputy Mardison told the mother she was going to be arrested for child endangerment and she thought that was ridiculous also,” Evans said. “Mardison tried to place her in a control hold several times and could not control her. Another man downtown saw what was going on and began interfering with the deputy. He refused to leave when ordered to do so by the deputy, who was still struggling with the lady.”
Evans said Mardison called for backup, and with the assistance of Deputy Rick Christensen managed to handcuff the woman.
Glover was arrested for alleged child endangerment and resisting arrest. She was released on her own recognizance.
“Our position is that it took 30 seconds to take the child without anyone noticing,” Evans said. “With all of the kids disappearing now, it is absolutely irresponsible and unlawful to leave a small child unattended like that.”
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