A child care worker has been charged with felony child neglect after she allegedly left a toddler alone as he slept in a stroller at the food court of a large mall in Virginia.
The incident happened July 17 just before 2 p.m., when security at Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge told local police that the 2-year-old boy was found alone, according to the Prince William County Police.
Just before 3 p.m., caretakers at Ebenezer Christian Academy on Telegraph Road in Woodbridge noticed the boy was missing and came back to the mall to look for him.
The program’s director — Christal Anita Lundy, 38, of Woodbridge — who had been accused of leaving the boy at the mall, later turned herself into police without incident.
She was charged with felony child neglect and was released on a $5,000 bond.
Police said they released the boy into the custody of a family member. He was not injured.
Calls and emails to the academy and Ebenezer Baptist Church, which is affiliated with the child care program, were not immediately returned.