Mom arrested, child left alone in vehicle outside Orange County Jail

Author: WKMG
Rachael Etienne (Photo via WKMG / Orange County Sheriff’s Office)

ORLANDO, Fla. (WKMG) A 21-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after she left her 3-year-old child alone in a vehicle outside the Orange County Jail, deputies said.

Rachael Etienne allegedly left the child in the vehicle for more than 20 minutes without the engine running before a corrections officer who was making rounds on the property around 12:10 p.m. found the 3-year-old., deputies said.

Authorities said the temperature at the time was 91 degrees with a heat index of 110 degrees.

The officer was able to get the child, who was sweating profusely, out of the vehicle without injury, authorities said.

Deputies said Etienne was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse. The Department of Children and Families placed the child in the care of another family member, authorities said.

No other details were available.

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