She became "irate and belligerent" with the police while being asked about why she left her daughter alone in the car.
A young mother from Tennessee wound up ringing in the new year behind bars after ditching her parenting responsibilities for a night of partying.
Sylvie King wanted to celebrate new year's eve like a carefree 20-something, except that she wasn't one. The 25-year-old reportedly left her 1-year-old daughter locked inside a car, parked outside a bar on Cherry Street in downtown Chattanooga while she was out getting drunk.
About an hour before midnight, a passerby saw the baby all alone and locked inside the vehicle with no adult in sight. Not only did the bystander call the police, but they also broke open the window of the car and retrieved the neglected child, according to an affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9.
Meanwhile, the security guards at the bar were informed by police officers to find the car's owner. However, they received no response when they paged for the car owner via intercom.
Within a few moments of sending out the message, police officers saw Sylvie come out of the bar and approaching the car in a drunken state. Officers could "smell a heavy odor of alcohol coming from her person," and noted that her "speech was slurred, her eyes were glossy and red," according to the affidavit. They also added that Sylvie appeared "very disorganized and irate."
Upon asking Sylvie why she left her daughter locked up in the car for a significant amount of time, "Ms. King immediately became irate and belligerent with police, causing a further disorder," the affidavit was quoted saying.
When the officers couldn't calm her down, they arrested the mother and booked her into Hamilton County Jail. As for the baby girl, she was placed in the care of her grandmother, who arrived at the scene after she was informed about the incident, according to New York Daily News.
Currently, Sylvie is facing charges of neglect in connection with leaving her daughter locked alone in the car, but was later released from jail.
Although she did not comment on her actions, she said she and her daughter were both fine.
A similar incident that took place in 2019 led to the death of a 2-year-old girl named June Love Agosto who was also locked up inside a car by her mother, who then disappeared with a friend, as reported by WGN TV.
Initially, the mother told police officers that she left the child in the car only for a few minutes while she went to knock on a babysitter's house. However, she later admitted that she left the child locked up in the car, and then went to drink alcohol with a friend in another car nearby. The baby was left alone in the car on September 21, 2019 at around 11:30 pm. The mother left the heater turned on and had also placed a blanket on her lap so the toddler wouldn't feel cold.
Unfortunately, the mother only returned hours later because she fell asleep and woke up at 5 am. When she returned to the car, her baby was unresponsive.
The child was soon taken to the hospital with apparent burns on her body and "her temperature upon arrival was 107.5 degrees," according to a report by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. There was not much the doctors could do and by September 23, the toddler lost her life.