Mother Arrested, Accused Of Leaving 3 Children In Hot Vehicle

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A Lauderhill woman has bonded out of jail after she was arrested for allegedly leaving her 21-month-old daughter in a hot car for hours while she went shopping at BJ’s.

Thirty-two-year-old Shantrell Mitchell hid her face and declined to comment on her charges as she walked out of the Broward County Jail, Friday evening.

Tuesday afternoon, surveillance cameras captured the suspect pulling into the parking lot of the BJ’s Wholesale located at 5100 NW 9th Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.

The security footage shows Mitchell parking in the shaded area of the lot just after noon.

“She then proceeds to get out and manually lock each door, opening the rear driver side, the rear passenger side and the front door and manually locks them,” said Fort Lauderdale Police spokesperson Tracy Figone. “Her child was in a car seat directly behind her.”

The surveillance video shows Mitchell walking into the store with her daughter still inside the car with the windows rolled up in the Florida summer heat.

About three hours later, Mitchell is seen returning to her vehicle and starting to put her eggs in the back seat.

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