Central Florida woman accused of leaving children alone in freezing car while she drank in bar

Cheryn Scaggs arrested in incident at DeBary sports bar

Published On: Mar 11 2013 01:24:32 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 05 2013 06:06:31 AM EST
Cheryn Scaggs
DeBARY, Fla. -

A DeBary woman was arrested early Monday on allegations of leaving two children -- ages 1 and 4, alone in a car in freezing temperatures while she drank inside a bar for at least two hours.

Cheryn Scaggs, 30, was arrested on charges of child neglect.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, a deputy drove by Shotz Sports Bar & Grill at 167 S. Charles R. Beall Blvd. in DeBary around 2 a.m. and noticed that a crowd was gathered in the parking lot.

The deputy discovered that Scaggs had asked others to help her get home, but once they got outside the bar, they found the girls sitting in the back seat of Scaggs' SUV, deputies said.

The car was not running and it was 30 degrees outside, according to officials, who said the girls were checked out and found to be OK. 

Witnesses said Scaggs had gone outside a couple of times during the two-hour span, but never told anyone that the girls were in her car, according to deputies.  Scaggs told one witness that she had left the children with a neighbor, deputies said.

A windshield visor was used to hide the SUV’s interior, deputies said.

Local 6 spoke to the girls' uncle, James Cox, who said he got a call to pick up his two nieces after their mother was arrested.

"They looked like they were traumatized at first," Cox said. "Upsetting, because you know so many things could have happened, cause you know she left the mout in the car for I heard it was a couple of hours."

Cox said he felt it was irresponsible and unnecessary.

"I was available," he said. "If she really had to go out that bad she could have came to me."

Scaggs was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail.

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