Mom arrested after baby left home alone chokes on cigarette, Flagler deputies say

Cops: Woman spent day drinking at bar, left 3 kids home alone

Kendra Hampton.
Kendra Hampton.

PALM COAST, Fla. – A mother of three went to jail after Flagler County deputies said her youngest child choked on a cigarette, while she left them unattended.

[AUDIO: 911 call released ]

Deputies said 39-year-old Kendra Hampton left her 1-, 2- and 9-year-old at home while she spent Saturday afternoon drinking at Scruffy's Bar.

Deputies said during that time, Hampton's 1-year-old daughter got a hold of an ashtray full of cigarettes and ingested one.

Local 6 spoke with a family member off camera who heard the baby choking and successfully got out the cigarette.

The family called 911 once deputies say Hampton returned home intoxicated, aggressive and making statements about hurting herself.

Once law enforcement arrived, they said Hampton became combative and bruised a deputy's finger.

Hampton is charged with felony neglect of a child, domestic violence and resisting arrest.

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