BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Yvette Sara Acosta, 45, was arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly leaving her one-year-old child in the car for several hours while she drank in a bar. The child was reportedly strapped into a car seat, and the air conditioning was running while she was inside. The child was unharmed.
A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the bar at about 3:30 p.m., where other patrons reportedly said Acosta had been there, drinking and taking pills, for “well over 2 hours.” The witnesses said she did shots “one after another” and only went to check on the baby once or twice.
Post Miranda, Acosta reportedly admitted she wasn’t sure how long she’d been at the bar, but she thought it was between an hour and a half and two hours. She reportedly said she checked on the child every 15 minutes, but when asked how she kept track of time, she said it was whenever it “felt like 15 minutes.” She reportedly admitted drinking two shots and another alcoholic drink, as well as taking Oxycontin while she was at the bar.
Acosta reportedly told the officer that she went to the bar because she wanted a break and wanted to socialize and that she didn’t have anyone to watch the child, so she left him in the vehicle. She reportedly said the child slept the whole time and that she had planned to stay at the bar until it was time to pick another child up from day care at 5:30 p.m.
The officer wrote that Acosta was clearly under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and her statements indicated that she was planning on driving to get her other child.
Acosta has been charged with child neglect without great bodily harm. She has one criminal traffic conviction (DUI) from 2017. She was released on her own recognizance with a condition of no unsupervised contact with minors.
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