A Tennessee woman was arrested March 24 after she allegedly left her two daughters alone in an apartment while she went to the store to buy cigarettes.
Amanda Mathews Fuller, 41, faces two counts of child neglect after leaving the girls, ages 13 and 8, home alone for more than an hour, according to the report.
Fuller and the girls were staying in an apartment in the 100 block of Ninth Street in Bradenton Beach, but were in the process of being evicted because of noise complaints from neighbors, the report said.
Bradenton Beach Police officers had responded to the address several times prior to Fuller’s arrest because of grievances about late-night drinking and partying.
On March 24, the property manager went to the apartment to evict Fuller. Fuller asked her if she could have a few minutes to gather her things. While the property manager waited outside, Fuller fled out the back door, leaving the girls behind.
The property manager called the police, who stayed with the girls for more than an hour.
The officer and her daughters made several attempts to contact Fuller, who did not answer her phone and apparently had disabled the GPS locator. The report said the suspect called once to ask if the girls were OK, but hung up immediately after.
The BBPD officer contacted the girls’ father in Tennessee to take custody of them.
When Fuller returned, she had a carton of cigarettes and told the officer she had gone to the store. When asked why she went out the back door, she said it was because the people at the rental office “scared her.”
Fuller was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail. The girls were given into the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families until their father could pick them up.
Fuller posted a $2,000 bond and was released the next day. Her arraignment was set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 4, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.