Mother arrested after 7-year-old left in car in Newport News

Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-23 14:00:24-04

Newport News, Va. – A Newport News mother was charged with child neglect on Saturday after police found her 7-year-old son in the back seat of a vehicle soaked from rain falling through the open sun roof.

The boy was found after police responded to a complaint of a loud party and a crying child in a car in the 7900 block of Merrimac Lane.

The boy told police his mother had been gone for a while, and after 45 minutes officers found 23-year-old Tranesha Terry at a nearby house. Terry initially refused to identify herself as the child’s mother.

Terry was arrested and charged with Abuse/Neglect Child: Reckless disregard for life and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.