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Woman leaves children alone in car while she drinks at Margate bar, police say

Crystal Chavez arrested on charge of child neglect

Crystal Chavez was arrested on a charge of child neglect without great bodily harm.
Crystal Chavez was arrested on a charge of child neglect without great bodily harm.

MARGATE, Fla. – A Deerfield Beach woman was arrested last week in Margate after she left her two children alone in her car while she was drinking at a bar, police said.

Crystal Chavez, 30, faces a charge of child neglect without great bodily harm.

According to an arrest report, Chavez was at Jesse's Xtreme Sports Bar last Wednesday while her children, ages 10 and 5, were in the car with the windows rolled up and the engine turned off for almost half an hour.

A bar tender provided police with Chavez's bar tab, showing that she had an alcoholic shot.

The children were placed in the care of Chavez's friend, and Chavez was taken to jail.