BRADENTON (WWSB) - A 35-year-old Bradenton woman was arrested Monday after allegedly leaving her kids in a hot car.
Around 12:30pm, deputies say they were called to Andrea Cole’s home in response to a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, deputies say they found two children inside a car parked in the driveway. The car was not running, was in direct silent and all but one window was rolled up. The outside temperature was 93 degrees, with a heat index of 102 degrees.
Deputies say one of the two children, a 3-week-old infant, was unresponsive at first but became responsive as aid was administered and the second, 2-year-old was crying and showed signs of heat exhaustion. Deputies say though it’s unclear how long the children were in the car, it took 15-20 minutes for them to respond to the scene.
Inside the vehicle, deputies say they found loose medication, used diapers and opened bottles of liquor.
Deputies say Cole was inside the home and when they made contact with her, she appeared to be heavily intoxicated. According to deputies, she said she had no idea she left her children in the car and was unable to answer questions. At one point, deputies say she threatened to fight one of them, forcing them to put Cole in handcuffs.
The children were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment, where they are said to be in stable condition, and deputies went into the home to retrieve diapers and baby formula. Inside, deputies say they found trash and soiled diapers on the couch and table top, as well as empty liquor bottles and soda cans. Deputies say the fridge was open and the food was warm to the touch. Deputies say there was no other edible food in the home.
Deputies took photos of the home and an exam of the children found numerous bites and sores. Child Protective Services was contacted.
Cole was taken to the Manatee County Jail. She’s charged with child neglect without great bodily harm and resisting arrest with violence.