Mom arrested for neglect for leaving kids in car to go hog hunting
3:14 PM, Jan 17, 2014
4:34 PM, Jan 17, 2014
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL - A Florida woman was arrested and charged with child neglect for leaving her two young children in the car to go hog hunting Thursday.
Deputies said Kayla Marie Shavers, 31, left her 9-year-old and 8-month-old children alone in the car in 38-degree weather while she went into the woods near Tampa to hunt hogs.
The 9-year-old reportedly called 911 because he was cold and said, "A police car would be warmer."
When deputies arrived, they found the children in the car and waited for Shavers to return. Shavers claimed she was close enough to the car to respond if the children needed her, but deputies said it took her over 40 minutes to return to the car.
Deputies say when Shavers finally came out of the woods, she was dressed in camouflage and told them she was hunting hogs because they were tearing up her property.
"She said she left the keys for her son to start the car if it got cold. He didn't start the car, he couldn't," said Corporal Sean Kennedy.
Sheriff Chris Nocco credited the boy for having the presence of mind to pick up the phone and call for help. "He may have saved that 8-month-old baby's life. So kudos to that little 9-year-old boy," Nocco said.
The sheriff's office says the children are with family. Shavers faces two charges of child neglect.