Foster mom bonds out of jail after child left in car at Publix

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APOPKA, Fla. - A foster care parent bonded out of the Orange County Jail Friday morning after police said she left a young child in a car at a Publix grocery store on Thursday.

Apopka police said Monique Williams, 53, left the 15-month-old boy unattended in her vehicle for approximately 20 minutes in the parking lot of the Publix on Rock Springs Road.

"A passerby noticed the child in the car," said Capt. Randy Fernandez with Apopka police.

Investigators said the car was not running and the windows were up.

Williams was taken to the Orange County Jail after being questioned at Apopak police headquarters.

"Why did  you leave a child in the car?" Channel 9 reporter Julie Salomone asked.

"It was a mistake," Williams said as she was being taken to a waiting patrol car. "He was very sick and just a mistake was made that's all."

The foster mother told police the child had an eye infection. Investigators believe it was about 90 degrees inside the car.

"The kid was wet from sweat and the medics were called to check on the child," said Fernandez.

Williams was charged with child neglect and fulfilled a $1,000 bond Friday morning. Officials said the boy has been returned to the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.