Police: Baby left in car traded for drugs

Jan. 18, 2009 at 7:52 PM
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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A Florida girl is safe and her mother was under arrest Sunday after the car in which the baby was riding was loaned, stolen and traded for drugs, police said.

Police in Seminole County said Julinia Moreno, 24, left her daughter in the car when she loaned it to a man she had met up with in Altamonte Springs, WESH-TV reported. Police said the car was stolen and traded for drugs, and later was found in Sanford.

The baby was found in front of a home in Longwood, the Orlando TV station said. The baby, who apparently had been there for several hours, was checked out at a hospital and then placed in protective custody.

Moreno was charged with contributing to the dependency of a minor. The man who allegedly borrowed the car, Joshua L. Barnes, was charged with child neglect.

Another man, David W. Carver, was charged with grand theft auto and child neglect for allegedly stealing the car, abandoning the baby and trading the car for drugs.

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