POLICE: Mom leaves baby in car while she goes to family court


CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A Kanawha County woman is facing a child neglect charge for  leaving her one-year-old daughter alone in an unlocked vehicle.

According to a criminal complaint, Suanne Barefield, 27, of Belle, West Virginia was charged with Child Neglect Creating Risk of Injury or Death.

According to the complaint, Barefield left her 1-year-old daughter alone in her vehicle in the Shamblin Parking garage on Virginia Street East in Charleston, WV for around 30 minutes.

Two Charleston detectives were in the garage walking by when they discovered the baby in the vehicle.

Detectives said Barefield was in family court at the time, trying to gain custody of the girl.  The garage Barefield parked in is directly next door to the Charleston Police Department.

Barefield was transported Southcentral Regional Jail.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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