Cops: Parents left baby in car to watch Derby

Police say two new parents left their baby alone in a car while they went to watch the Kentucky Derby at a Southampton off-track betting parlor. Police say the 2-month-old was left unattended for more

News 12 Staff

May 4, 2008, 10:16 PM

Updated 5,922 days ago

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Police say two new parents left their baby alone in a car while they went to watch the Kentucky Derby at a Southampton off-track betting parlor.
Police say the 2-month-old was left unattended for more than 20 minutes during Saturday's race. According to officials, the mother told police she thought the infant was safe because the car was running with the heat on.
Parents Krystal Rose Downes, 24, and Jhimy Alban Vintimilla, 28, were charged with misdemeanor child endangerment and released on appearance tickets after leaving the OTB site.
"It upsets me because I would never do that," Downes says, referring to claims that she put her girl in harm's way. "She is my first child, and she is my life. I would never leave her alone, not for a moment. Not the way the world is now. I'm not stupid."
Downes says she met with Child Protection Services officials Sunday, and is keeping her child ? at least for now. "If someone thinks they are going to take my child from me ? I don't care who they are. It's over my dead body," Downes says.
The couple is due in court June 2.


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