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Criminal defense: Mother arrested after forgetting son in car

It is not uncommon for Georgia police to make arrests after receiving 911 calls. However, they may not be accustomed to arresting individuals who call 911 on themselves. A Georgia mother was recently arrested after she called the emergency line to report that she had accidentally left one of her children inside her vehicle. It does not appear as if she has any concrete criminal defense plans just yet, but she is apparently cooperating with investigators.  

On Aug. 13, a 911 operator received a call from a woman who said she had forgotten her 3-year-old child in her locked vehicle. The young boy had been in the car for about 3 hours when she realized he was still in there. According to her, she had dropped two of her other children off at the home of their grandmother, but the young boy had fallen asleep in his car seat. She returned home without realizing he was still asleep in the vehicle. 

The mother said she called the police as soon as she realized what happened, and emergency responders took the boy to an area hospital. He was admitted for treatment but listed in good condition. Police arrested the mother, charging her with second-degree cruelty to a child -- a felony. She was booked into jail on a $5,700 bond. 

Thankfully, it appears that the boy will be OK. Having Georgia criminal charges filed under such circumstances can be understandably quite upsetting. However, a strong criminal defense foundation can help defendants in similar circumstances achieve the best possible outcome for their individual situations. In most cases this involves one of two approaches -- either negotiating a plea deal for lesser charges or fighting the charges to their fullest extent throughout all of criminal court proceedings. 

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