Carolina Uchoa is accused of leaving her 7-year-old son all alone in a theater, during the middle of a movie.
According to police, Uchoa picked up her son from his father’s house around noon to watch a movie at a cinema in Altamonte Springs. Half way through the movie, the boy told police his mother exited the theater, leaving her purse and cell phone behind. After the movie was over, police say the boy came out to the parking lot to locate his mother, but she was no where to be found, so he sat down and waited for her to return.
The boy’s father called Uchoa’s cell phone to see how things were going. Police say the boy was in tears and told his father that his mother was drinking her “mean juice,” which authorities say is code for alcohol. The dad rushed to pick him up. Uchoa was no where to be found, until her mother found her at Cranes Roost Apartments with a friend. Police say her mother turned her in to authorities.
“I’m going to find probable cause on one count of child neglect,” the judge told Uchoa.
“If she’s guilty of what they say she did in this police report, she’s not the best mother,” said a defense attorney. “But she didn’t injure this child in anyway, and there’s nothing in this police report to indicate that the bond should be quadrupled.”
Uchoa remains at the Seminole County Jail on a no bond status for violating her probation. She was given a $10,000 bond for her charge on child neglect.