Bed, Bath And Beyond Store Manager Arraigned

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A retail store manager accused of failing to report a child locked in a hot car has entered a not guilty plea.

The Herald-Leader reports that 34-year-old Elizabeth A. Miller waived a formal arraignment in Fayette District Court and wasn't present Thursday when her lawyer entered the plea. Miller is charged with failing to report child dependency, neglect or abuse.

Miller was the manager on duty at a Bed, Bath and Beyond when a
couple asked for help in reporting a child they saw locked in a car in the parking lot. Miller is accused of refusing to assist the couple.

The couple then used a cell phone to call police, who broke a window to remove 3-year-old Ryan Patel from the vehicle. He was dehydrated but otherwise unharmed.

His mother, Tanuja Patel, was charged with wanton endangerment and has pleaded not guilty.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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