Massachusetts mother picks booze over baby

2:23 PM, Feb 28, 2014   |    comments
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HINGHAM, Massachusetts (NECN) -- A Hull, Massachusetts mother was arrested Thursday after an off duty police officer called to report the woman had left a child alone in her car in a restaurant parking lot.

The woman was drinking at the bar in the morning hours with her child strapped into her car carrier at her feet. The bartender cut her off when she ordered a second drink, so she paid her bill and left.

"About 10 minutes later, she came back into the restaurant saying that she had dropped the child off and wanted to order another drink," said Tom Hodgdon, one of the restaurant's owners.

The baby was allegedly left alone in the car for 20 minutes while the mother attempted to order another drink. The child's carrier was covered with a blanket, but the car was not on, with temperatures well below freezing.

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