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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A New Albany, Ind. mother has been arrested after police say she left her 5-month-old infant alone in a truck while she went shopping for baby clothes at Target.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the events took place on April 29, shortly before 8 p.m. at the Target store, not far from Green Valley Road.
Police say an officer was dispatched to the store to check on the welfare of an infant that had been left alone in a vehicle. When he arrived, he allegedly found a 1999 white Ford F-150 with its emergency flashers activated and parked in a no-parking area right outside the front doors of the store.
"Upon approaching the vehicle, I could hear a baby crying inside the vehicle," the arresting officer wrote in the probable cause affidavit. "I looked through the windows and I did not see any occupants. I opened the unlocked driver's side door and located a baby infant in an infant carrier wrapped in a blanket in the back seat of the truck. The infant appeared to be approximately five months of age, and was extremely upset and crying uncontrollably."
Police say there were no adults nearby and the key to the vehicle was in the ignition.
When the officer went inside the store, he allegedly spoke with an employee who told him that two hours earlier, 27-year-old Angela Carpenter -- the infant's mother, who used the alias "Angela Seacat" -- and another woman walked into the store with a child.
Police say the employee described their behavior as "suspicious" and said that one of the women was trying to get the other to leave. At one point, the employee said both women were inside the store without the infant for 5-10 minutes. They were inside for such a long time, with the infant inside the truck, that the employee decided to contact authorities, police say.
When the officer found Carpenter inside the store, she allegedly had several items of clothing in her hand.
"I asked Carpenter why she left her child in the truck," the officer wrote. "She stated that she only left her for two minutes. I asked her what she was shopping for, and what items she had in her hands when I approached her. She stated that she had picked out clothing and shoes for [her daughter.]"
"I informed her she was inside for more than two minutes, and she said she made a big mistake," the officer added.
The outside temperature at the time of the incident was 70 degrees, according to police.
Carpenter was arrested and charged with neglecting a dependent.