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A Florida mother says it was "stupid" that she was arrested for leaving her child in a hot car while she ran in to Walmart on Sunday.

Talisha Martin explained in a Facebook rant that she went in to the store in the city of Palatka to buy a pack of toilet paper.

She admitted that she left her five-year-old son in the running car with the windows up and the air on.

When she returned, she discovered that bystanders had alerted sheriff's deputies who took her to Putnam County Jail for leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.

In a Facebook post, the Palatka Police Department wrote that officers responded to reports of the child in the hot car and saw that the air conditioner was blowing warm air.

They revealed that the child said he was scared and hot, so they took him into the store.

When Martin returned to the vehicle, officers observed that her speech was stuttered and slurred.

They said the child had been in the car for 40 minutes, although Martin disputed that and claimed it had been less than ten minutes.

Martin was arrested, transported to the Putnam County Jail and held on a $500 bond.

Her husband bonded her out and the child was released into his care.

Police said the Florida Department of Children and Families has been contacted and is investigating the incident.


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