Mother accused of leaving toddler in car at Walmart surrenders

Mother accused of leaving toddler in car at Walmart surrenders

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Equila Aja Latauriel Teasley (Credit: Oconee County Sheriff's Office)
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  • The mother of a toddler left in a car is facing a cruelty to children charge.
  • Equila Aja Latauriel Teasley turned herself in Tuesday. 
  • She is being held in jail for charges out of a neighboring county.

The mother of a toddler found in a hot car last week turned herself in to Oconee County authorities Tuesday, officials said.

Walmart security footage showed Equila Aja Latauriel Teasley of Athens had been in the store for 18 minutes last Wednesday when a customer called 911 to report a child in a locked car, Oconee deputies said in a news release.

Paramedics took the 23-month-old into custody, and the Division of Family and Children Services made the decision to return the child to the mother, deputies said.

Later, an arrest warrant was issued for Teasley. She turned herself in to the Oconee County jail on a charge of cruelty to children in the second degree. 

A judge set her bond at $10,000, but she was being held due to a probation hold out of Clarke County, officials said.

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