Mom arrested after police find 1-month-old in car outside Ocala bar

Police say infant left unattended for 45 minutes

By Erik Sandoval - Reporter

OCALA, Fla. - Ocala police arrested a woman early Monday morning after finding her infant locked in her car and sweating while she was inside a local bar.

Britney Jean Rohdy, 22, of Belleville, was arrested around 1:15 a.m. after someone called 911 to report the child in the car, according to a police report.

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Police arrived to find the child inside the car with the windows rolled down, but the child was still sweating.

Witnesses told police Rohdy was inside the Suite 306 bar on Highway 200 for about 45 minutes.  She told police she had only been at the bar for five minutes.

Rohdy was arrested by Ocala police on one count of child neglect and narcotic possession after police found Oxycodone, for which she didn't have a prescription, in her car.

"I think it's appalling," said Ocala grandmother Linda Barrow.  "It's a one month old baby.  You don't leave them in the living room alone for an hour let alone the car while you're out drinking."


Donna Brock Rankin is the grandmother of 14.  She told Local 6 she's hopeful Rohdy faces a stiff punishment.


"They need to hold these kids up and say, 'this is what we're going to do.  If you do this, this is what's going to happen.  You're not going to get a little slap on the wrist, and you're not going to be babied through this,'" she said.

With bail set at $10,000 Rohdy was still in jail Monday night.

Her child was placed in the care of relatives by the Department of Children and Families.

With bail set at $10,000 she was still in jail at noon on Monday.

Her child was placed in the care of relatives by the Department of Children and Families.

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