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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  • by Anonymous on Oct 25, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    GO FIGURE, THIS COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN THE CRAPPER FAST!!! IT IS A SHAME THE THINGS THAT GO ON AND NOTHING GETS DOWN ABOUT THEM. THIS IS HORRIBLE!!!! WHO EVER IS ON THAT GJ SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. LIBERAL FOOLS NEED TO GET A GRIP ON LIFE.
  • by maggie Location: versailles on Oct 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    I don't know if they would have done anything to her, if the child had died. The doctor in Louisville, her child died and the prosecutor decided not to press charges. SHE GOT OFF WITHOUT EVEN A SLAP ON THE WRIST. I THINK OUR COURT SYSTEMS ARE TAKING UP FOR THE CRIMINAL INSTEAD OF THE VICTIM, and in this case the victim could not even take up for himself
  • by john Location: east ky on Oct 24, 2008 at 03:53 AM
    i might get in trouble for doing it but if i see a child in a hot car i will break the window then call the police.but they probly would say i was trying to kidnap the child.but i would not leave a child in the car.
  • by Debbie Location: Ky on Oct 23, 2008 at 07:37 PM
    Here we go agian.What is the deal with these women leaving their kids in hot cars.Every case that you see,the mothers are getting less and less charges.I gurantee that their will be a lot more of these cases because if a mother/father wants to do away with there child all they have do is leave them in a hot car to die and pretty much go free with just a slap on the hand.GIVE ME A BREAK.These people are taking an innocent childs life, leaving them there to suffer and die.THEY KILLED A LIVING BEING,so they should be punished to the MAXIMUM. I cant believe that they let these people get away with this kind of stuff.I wish I was the judge that were getting these cases.They would suffer just like the little ones that lost their lives and I wouldnt think twice about it.God be with the little ones that lost their lives because of someones careless acts. I just dont understand how someone could do something like this.Parents be carfull who you leave your kids with.
  • by Scoop Location: Fleming on Oct 23, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    This was a call made by the grand jury folks-you know, ordinary citizens, it was not made by any judge. If you want to assign blame, then mention the Commonwealth's Attorney or the officer who gave testimony-someone did a lousy job but the grand jury members obviously did not hear anything to let them think the woman committed a felony. Name the Commonwealth attorney and the officer who gave testimony-that's where the blame belongs people. How's about a follow up with some real information 27?
  • by Sherry Location: Mt. Sterling on Oct 22, 2008 at 04:58 PM
    Are you kidding me Willie? What if the child had died? Then what? Yea she made a mistake and she should be charged more than what she got.
  • by Darlene Location: Winchester on Oct 22, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    It's bull that the mother (who is the real criminal) gets off practically scott free but the manager and bystanders are given all the blame. I understand that more should have been done, but honestly, the real villian here is the mother. SHE'S THE ONE WHO LEFT THE CHILD IN THE CAR IN THE FIRST PLACE. I think it's ridiculous to prosecute the manager. It's coming to a time when you can't even be in public place because you may get arrested just for being there should a crime occur. Sad.
  • by Rebecca Location: KY on Oct 22, 2008 at 01:40 PM
    Quit hating on her???? Are you kidding me?? She left her child in a hot car!!! BOO HOO she looks so sad !They should lock her in a hot car and let her see how it feels! Oh wait I have a better idea, just let her go, pretend it never happened and blame the child because his mother left him in a hot car!
  • by Bubba Johnson Location: Somewhere in Time on Oct 22, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    A misdemeanor for killing a child. What else can we expect when killing fetuses ( live babies) in the womb and when if the fetuses (live babies) are aborted (forced birth) alive they are left to die. This is immoral, no matter what religion you are or no religion at all, this is immoral and inhuman.
  • by Lexington Location: Lexington on Oct 22, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    I agree with Sierra of Richmond. Waht a joke. I have approached representatives about having stricter laws to protect our kids, but they aren't interested.
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