Florida mom forgets 3-year-old child in Publix parking lot, deputies say

Cars nearly hit abandoned child

Stacy Sifuentes
Stacy Sifuentes

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. – A 3-year-old child was left wandering around a Publix parking lot Thursday evening after the mother forget her child at the store, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

Witnesses at the Port St. John grocery store called authorities around 7:20 p.m. to report that the cars were nearly hitting a child who was roaming the parking lot alone.

Deputies tried for 45 minutes to find the child's parents until Stacy Sifuentes, 36, arrived at the scene and said she was the child's mother, according to the affidavit. Sifuentes smelled of alcohol and seemed lethargic, deputies said.

The mother told deputies that she realized the child was missing when she returned home and her father asked her where the child was, the report said. She returned to Publix to find the child.

Sifuentes is charged with child neglect without great bodily harm.

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