Caregiver arrested after leaving 2 disabled men in van, deputies say

Men left in hot van at Big Pine Key K-Mart

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. – A Big Pine Key woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after she left two disabled men she was caring for in a hot car while she shopped in K-Mart in Marathon, deputies said.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Luda Logash, 62, was arrested on a charge of neglect of a disabled person.

A witness at the shopping center parking lot saw the two men sitting in the van Saturday afternoon.  The van was not running and had all the windows rolled up.

A deputy was called and saw the two men were in wheelchairs that were strapped to the floor of the van to keep them from moving.  The men were sweating.  The deputy motioned to the men to roll down the windows, but got no response.

The deputy tried open the van doors but was unlocked.  As the deputy was trying to open the van doors, Logash came out of the store.

Paramedics were called to the scene and checked the two men out. They suffer from a disability which does not allow them to open the door, window or exit the vehicle by themselves.

They were not harmed by the incident.

The deputy called for another responsible party to come and and take them home to Big Pine Key.

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