No bond set in mother accused of leaving baby in SUV case

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Monday, June 23, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A judge continued a case to state court on Monday not setting bond for the mother accused of leaving her baby in the back of her SUV to take a test.

Alicia Manigualt, 20, was sent back to jail after appearing in court and there is no date for her next hearing. The family violence charge of child cruelty stems from Thursday's accusations of Manigualt leaving her 2-week-old child in the back of an SUV for nearly an hour while taking a test at Virginia College.

The baby, Christopher Howard, was found in the trunk area of an SUV with a blanket over the car seat, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said. The baby was left in the SUV for 50 minutes until a security guard was told someone heard a baby crying in the parking lot off of Wylds Road, crews confirmed.

The child was taken to GRU for "heat-related medical issues" and is stable, the Sheriff's Office said. A crew member said the baby was soaked in sweat and the incident could have turned fatal within minutes. The Sheriff's Office believes the child was left in the SUV from 8 until 8:50 a.m.

The child has since been released to his grandmother and is fine, according to family.

Manigault said she was sorry, but a report said the responding deputy didn't see any sign of remorse until she was put into custody.

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