Mother's Charges Reduced

There was a new twist late Tuesday afternoon in a case that shocked the community.

A Fayette County grand jury returned an indictment against a mother who police say left her toddler in a car outside the Bed Bath & Beyond last month.

The grand jury did not indict Tanuja Patel on a felony, choosing instead to indict the Lexington woman on a lesser misdemeanor charge of second degree wanton endangerment.

Her attorney tells 27 NEWSFIRST the decision was based largely on Patel's own testimony, but he wouldn't elaborate on what that testimony was.

As you may recall, the manager of the Nicholasville Road store is also facing a misdemeanor charge for not calling police when told about the child in the van.

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