About noon, officers located the Ford Fusion in a parking space in the commercial center, cops said the vehicle had not been in an accident. However, the vehicle was covered in snow.
Meanwhile police were executing a frantic search for her 2-year-old son. Fortunately, the toddler was located inside the vehicle.Karla Begano, who sometimes babysits for Carmon said the mother didn’t know where the boy was, according to a police arrest affidavit.
Later on Nicole Carmon admitted that she had left her son in a car in the Denver suburb of Thornton the previous night, but couldn’t remember where. While the child was trapped, the temperature had dropped to as low as minus 8 degrees.
The affidavit alleges Begano,said Carmon had come to her house Saturday looking for the boy.
During the frantic search on Saturday, police found Carmon’s car in a parking lot outside a restaurant, covered by up to six inches of snow. They found the toddler partially buckled into a car seat.
The child was hospitalized with frostbitten feet and hypothermia. After initial fears he might lose a leg, the toddler has shown improvement, his father told CBS in Denver.
The baby’s father outside court
Carmon told police she had consumed six shots of vodka Friday night and remembered parking her car near a restaurant, walking to a gas station and then getting a ride home.
Carmon has an arrest record in Colorado dating to 2009 that includes charges of driving under the influence and obstruction of a police officer. In October, a Thornton officer wrote in a police report that he found her sitting in the driver’s seat of apparently the same Ford sedan and smelling strongly of alcohol. The police records indicate that during that encounter, the vehicle’s front passenger tire was missing and the Ford was riding directly on its rim. Carmon allegedly began to scream loudly and curse at an officer while her blood-alcohol levels were being tested.
Records show she was also suspected of driving under the influence in 2009 and 2013 in the Denver area
26-year-old Carmon was charged with felony child abuse, faces up to 32 years in prison
“She hadn’t had a drink since that October DUI. She was getting help,” Karla Begano, who sometimes watched Carmon’s kids, said.
“She is an immaculate mother when she is sober. She loves them. I don’t understand what happened,” adding that Carmon was with friends when she was drinking. Bergano was angry that anyone close to mother would allow her to leave with the child while she was in an intoxicated state.
Carmon was charged with felony child abuse as she appeared in court on Wednesday. She faces 10 to 32 years in prison if convicted.