Va. Mom Left Kids in Hot Car While Being Booked on Same Charge: Report

Laquanda Newby
Hernico County Jail 

A Virginia mother who showed up at a county sheriff’s office to face a charge of leaving her children in the car while she shopped had two counts of the same charge added to her list when she reportedly again left her children in the car while dealing with the initial charge, the Associated Press reports.   

According to the report, Laquanda Newby is now facing a total of three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency or abuse of a child.


Lt. Col. Alisa Gregory explained to the newswire that the mother was facing one charge because of an allegation that the 25-year-old woman had left her two children in her car earlier this year in May while she shopped at a Sam’s Club.

Arrangements were made for her to show up at the Henrico County Courthouse later to be booked on that charge. However, when she arrived for that appointment earlier this week, the mother once again left her 6-year-old and 1-year-old sons in the car with the windows rolled up, officials said.

Alarmed passersby noticed the children and alerted deputies, who removed the boys from the vehicle.

“The temperature was in the 90s and it was very humid,” Gregory said, according to AP. “The kids’ shirts were wet” with sweat, she added. According to Gregory, the children were left unattended in the car for at least two hours. Officials did say, however, that the children were no worse for wear from the ordeal.


The father of the children came to get them after authorities called, and Newby was slapped with two additional counts of her original charge. 

The mother was later released on $2,000 bond.

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