Riviera Beach woman accused of child neglect after leaving son in Chuck E. Cheese's
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
A 25-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly leaving her son alone in Chuck E. Cheese's, Boynton Beach police said.
Sharon Perry, of Riviera Beach, is facing a charge of child neglect for leaving a young boy alone in the Chuck E. Cheese's at 244 North Congress Ave., according to police. A witness saw the boy Saturday sitting at a booth by himself with no parental supervision.
She alerted the store manager and when the parents couldn't be found, Boynton Beach police were called to the scene, according to the arrest report. A family member later called police, saying Sherry was coming to pick the boy up. However, the boy was taken to the Boynton Beach Police station on High Ridge Road until the Department of Children and Families made a further determination.
Perry came to the Chuck E. Cheese's with a group of nine children and six adults for a party, police said. Perry said she rode in a car with her cousin to the arcade. Then at 9:30 p.m., Perry started to gather up all the children to leave. She said she was holding her oldest daughter and began to leave Chuck E. Cheese's.
Perry said she left Chuck E. Cheese's without realizing her son was left behind because everyone came in several cars, according to police. She didn't realize her son was missing until she returned to her home in Riviera Beach. She said it was a mistake and thought he was in another car.
The boy was left alone in the Chuck E. Cheese's for about an hour.
DCF ordered the boy to be turned over to his grandmother, according to police. Perry was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail around 2:49 a.m.
She was released just after 6 a.m. after posting a $3,000 bond.