Woman arrested after leaving baby alone in car at Jensen Beach mallNovember 21st, 2011 by TCPalm.com
By Will Greenlee
JENSEN BEACH — An 18-year-old woman accused Saturday of leaving an infant alone in a vehicle for at least 20 minutes at the Treasure Coast Square mall was arrested, according to an affidavit and a report released Monday.
Christie Schauble, of Okeechobee, was arrested on charges including domestic violence child abuse (on a child 8 months old) and leaving child unattended in motor vehicle over 15 minutes (child 8 months old) in connection with the incidents.
A woman told a Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputy she found an infant alone in a running vehicle without an adult around. The deputy’s investigation revealed Schauble left the child alone in a 1996 Chevrolet for at least 20 minutes.
Schauble said she had to use the restroom and see her roommate in the mall.
She said she “left the window down” and was “only gone for 25 to 30 minutes.” She showed no affection toward the infant nor did she ask about his well being.
Schauble, arrested at 7:32 p.m., “just wanted me to turn over the car keys to her roommate,” an affidavit states.
The infant was treated and taken to Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart. The infant was turned over to a state Department of Children and Families case worker.