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woman accused of leaving children alone in freezing car while she drank in bar March 4, 2013

DEBARY — Volusia County woman has been arrested after deputies said she left two young children in her car amid freezing temperatures while she went inside a bar to drink.

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Cheryn Scaggs
has been charged with two counts of child neglect.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was driving by the Shotz Sports Bar and Grill, on U.S. Highway 17-92 in DeBary, and noticed a crowd gathered in the parking lot.

The deputy said an intoxicated Scaggs had asked other patrons to help her get home.

Once outside, they saw two girls, ages 1 and 4, sitting in the backseat of Scaggs’ SUV. Deputies said the temperature outside at the time was approximately 30 degrees. “When the deputy pulled up he noted that the car was not on. And that the temperature was around 30 degrees at this time. The woman had even put up a visor on the windshield so essentially make it a little bit harder for people to see in the vehicle,” said Brandon Haught from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies questioned several witnesses who said Scaggs, 30, had walked outside the bar a few times, but never knew the children were in the SUV.

According to one witness, Scaggs said she had left the girls with a neighbor.

Volusia Fire Services determined the children were not physically harmed. Both children were turned over to relatives, and Scaggs was booked Monday into the Volusia County Jail.
At her court appearance Monday a county court judge ordered Scaggs not to have any contact with her children unless it is a through the Department of Children and Families.  The judge also said she is not to consume any alcohol until further notice.

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