A Florida woman identified as Alicia Moore, 24, has been arrested after her car caught fire with her children inside while she was shoplifting inside a mall in Oviedo.
Moore was charged with aggravated child neglect and arson and remanded at the Orange County Jail, CNN reported on Sunday.
According to the arrest report issued by the Oviedo Police Department, she parked her car in a Dillard’s parking lot around noon on May 26, leaving her two children in the car.
A loss prevention personnel watched her after shopping for about an hour with a yet-to-be-identified man, she saw her car engulfed in flames, dropped the stolen merchandise, and ran out of the store.
The two children were transported to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital and one child suffered first-degree burns “to her face and ears after shoppers who witnessed the fire helped rescue the children from the flames.
Police said, “It is undetermined what ignited the fire, however, if Moore was not being neglectful, it is unlikely the children would have been injured.”
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