Lexington Woman To Be Arraigned For Leaving Child In Hot Van

LEXINGTON, KY -- A Lexington woman charged with allegedly leaving her three-year old child in a hot van Saturday will be arraiged in Fayette District Court tomorrow (Monday).

Thirty-seven year old Tanuja Patel was arrested by police, accused of leaving the child in the van outside Bed, Bath & Beyond.

A witness told police she saw the child asleep in a car seat, the van was not running and the windows were rolled up. The incident occured about 3:pm. in the parking lot outside the Nicholasville Road store.

Patel was taken to the Fayette County Detention Center and later released on $5-thousand dollars cash bond. She is to be arraigned at 1pm.


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  • by crutcher Location: Illinois on Sep 16, 2008 at 05:02 PM
    Everyone is blaming Bed Bath and Beyond. How can you blame a company when all the people they can hire in kentucky have a similar intelligence of the mother. They do not hire PHDs to work in stores usually. Does everyone boycott Mc Donalds for an employee mistake that they make? From what it sounds like Bed Bath and Beyond have a policy for the employees to not get involved with problems in the parking lot and that is probably for the employees safety. I am sure in the policy it did not state that the police should not be called if needed. Get a brain.
  • by Mom of Four on Sep 10, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    HP, What exactly is this mother's story? It is a felony in the state of Kentucky to leave a young child unattended in a car. It may be legal to do so in other places, but it is not in KY. The law was enacted to protect the children of people with no common sense. People living in the state of KY can choose to follow our state laws or face the consequences of ignoring them. Again, HP, just what IS the mother's side of the story? Because all I see is a child who could have died as a result of his parent neglecting to follow our state law.
  • by Randy Location: winchester on Sep 10, 2008 at 01:10 PM
    WHAT IN GODS NAME IS HAPPENING TO PEOPLE? WE NEED TO START PAYING ATTENTION TO WHATS GOING ON AROUND US. AND GET INVOLVED!JUST STOP AND THINK OF HOW MANY PEOPLE MAY HAVE WALKED PAST THAT VAN AND SAID "ITS NOT MY PROBLEM AND I DON'T WAT TO GET INVOLVED".AND THEN WHAT IF THEY WENT HOME TURNED THEIR TV ON TO FIND OUT THAT CHILD HAD DIED!COULD YOU LIVE WITH YOUR SELF?
  • by biggie smalls Location: harold ky on Sep 10, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    I always say if they cant take care of them why have them. The child should be taken away from her and give to someone who really cares about children
  • by bigboy Location: inyourface on Sep 10, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    HP? we do not care what her story is there is no story that could make this action less wrong. grow up and quit being an idiot i mean come on are you smoking something?
  • by Connie on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:58 AM
    Who cares what the mothers side of the story is.She left that child in the van, and cannot blame anyone but herself.Now she needs to be punished for what she has done.
  • by green on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:31 AM
    The mother doesn't have an excuse. You should NEVER leave a child alone in a car. Her side of the story? I'd love to hear that. What is in Bed, Bath and Beyond that is more important then her child's safety?
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    Just keeps getting deeper...now there are 3 ignorant people involved. The store, the mother, and HP who is attempting to defend the mother.
  • by former customer on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    I wonder if bed bath and beyond will call emergency services if they're ever held up?! You bet they will! Self centered and cold hearted..I'll take my business elsewhere!
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 9, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    To HP on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:19 PM - Here's the mother's side..."This child is too much of an inconvenience to me to take into a store." B.S. I have a two year old. I don't EVER leave him in the car unattended. If in fact "this child is raised in a healthy environment with parents that care for him", he wouldn't have been left in a car. Pretty simple when you break it down, eh?
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