A mother who left her 2-year-old son alone in a freezing car during an overnight snowstorm was sentenced to prison on Thursday, Jan. 4.
Nicole Carmon, 28, from Westminster, Colorado, left her car at a Thorton strip mall parking lot during a snowstorm with a toddler inside in December 2016, reported Fox News, citing court documents. According to an affidavit, Carmon appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and was seen visiting stores to reportedly find a car with a baby inside.
Woman who left baby in car overnight during snowstorm pleads guilty to negligent child abuse & attempted 1st deg assault. (Nicole Carmon) pic.twitter.com/kYpSZmxGud
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During the 15 hours, the boy was alone, she consumed six shots of vodka and walked to a gas station to get a ride home.
The next morning, Carmon went to her baby sitter’s home looking for her son. The babysitter then notified the authorities.
Thornton police officers were initially told that a child had been left in a vehicle after a car crash, however, they found the boy in the backseat of Carmon’s car in the parking lot at around noon.
— Noel Brennan (@Noeltbrennan) January 4, 2018
The car was enveloped in as much as 6 inches of snow when the boy was found, reported the news station, citing an arrest affidavit.
The boy suffered from frostbite and hypothermia. Carmon was later arrested for child abuse.
In November last year, she pleaded guilty to felony negligent child abuse causing serious injury and attempted first-degree assault, reported Fox News.
She was subsequently sentenced to eight years in prison on Thursday. The judge described her actions as “atrocious” and “jaw-dropping” during sentencing.
“I take full responsibility for what I did,” Carmon told the judge, reported the news station.