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Florida mom leaves child in car for hours to get drunk, police allege

A Florida mother has been arrested and charged with child neglect after police say she left her 7-year-old daughter in an unattended, unlocked vehicle for hours while she got drunk at a local bar.

DeLand police responded to The Perfect Spot Bar just before 3 a.m. Sunday after the girl walked up to the bar looking for her mom, according to a press release. 

The investigation revealed the child had been left in an unlocked, turned off car in a dark parking lot with no lights. 

An officer stayed with the girl while other officers began to look for 35-year-old Veronica Elliott, who did not turn up until hours later. 

She was charged with child neglect without great bodily harm and booked in to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where she posted $2,500 bond and has been released. 

The Florida Department of Children and Families took custody of her daughter. 

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