Pinellas County, FL (December 27, 2018) – A man from Dunedin has been charged with child neglect after he left his four-year-old child in a car while he went shopping at a Walmart in Pinellas County on Sunday night.

The Clearwater Police detectives claim that 31-year-old Jacob Wilder was under the influence of alcohol on Sunday night when he drove to a Walmart on US Highway 19. He has been charged child neglect after he left his 4-year-old in the vehicle alone while he went in the store.

Wilder shopped for more than 30 minutes while his child sat alone in the vehicle.  Another shopper noticed the child alone in the car and contacted the Emergency Medical Services in Clearwater to help the child.  When the Clearwater Police Department arrived at the store, they used surveillance footage from the store to verify that Wilder had in fact left the child unattended as he shopped for 33 minutes.  When detectives located and approached Wilder they said he was noticeably under the influence of alcohol.  

Wilder was able to post the $500 bond and has since been released from jail.   Wilders was charged and convicted of driving under the influence last year in Texas.

Pinellas County Child Neglect Laws

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