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Deputies: Lugoff woman said she forgot baby in car while shopping

Melony Peters
Melony Peters

Kershaw County deputies charged a Lugoff woman with child neglect Tuesday after they say she left a toddler in her vehicle while she went grocery shopping.

Melony Peters, 46, left a 16-month-old child and a dog in her vehicle at the Food Lion in Lugoff, according to a news release.

Deputies responded at about 6:15 p.m. to find a woman exiting the store holding the child, who was drenched in sweat, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. The woman told deputies she had found the child in the car, and with someone else’s help, unlocked the car and got the child out.

Temperatures reached the mid-80s Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Deputies located Peters inside the store. She told them she forgot the toddler was in the car, Matthews said. The Department of Social Services took custody of the child. The dog was turned over to Kershaw County Special Services.

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