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SC Mother Arrested After Police Find Baby Alone In Freezing Car

The Charlott Observer

February 14, 2011

SIMPSONVILLE – A South Carolina woman is scheduled to appear in court later today after authorities say she left her 17-month-old daughter in a disabled car on an interstate highway early Sunday while she went to get gas.

Jessica Perry, of Simpsonville, will make her initial court appearance Monday afternoon in Gaston County. She has been charged with DWI — her second such charge in a week — and her daughter Ava has been placed with the Gaston County Department of Social Services.


Jessica Perry

The N.C. Highway Patrol says Perry’s car broke down shortly after midnight Saturday on Interstate 85 near mile marker 16.

Perry told troopers she ran out of gas and went to get fuel at a station. When she returned, she was arrested. In addition to DWI, she was charged with driving with a revoked license.

She was charged Feb. 5 in Charlotte with DWI.

Perry’s neighbor Matt Dennis told WCNC-TV, the Observer’s news partner, “Just hearing something like that is pretty awful.”

Other neighbors, who asked to remain anonymous, say the news of Perry’s arrest is sad and shocking.

“That’s pretty bad, you know. She needs to get her stuff together,” says Dennis.

The little girl, Ava, is in good condition, authorities say. Perry’s mother, Linda Simpson, told NewsChannel 36 that Ava is doing OK.

“She’s in child protective, in a foster home,” says Simpson.

When asked if Perry has ever done anything like this before, Simpson would only say no.

Simpson described her daughter as “a great mother.”

Perry is being held on $25,000 bond.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    She should be forbidden to have any more kids. PERIOD !!!!!

  • Att179311_max50


    over 4 years ago


    If this womens mom says shes a great mother how bad was she

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The child is better protected in foster care than with this mother.

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thankful God was watching over this innocent child ... some people just shouldn't be allowed to procreate ... what waste of air space

  • Maa_class_badge_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad to her the little one is safe. i'll never understand why so called "parents" harm the innocent little ones. Simpson described her daughter as “a great mother.”- oh yeah, second charge in a week= model citizen!!!

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I.m really glad little Ava is doing ok.

  • 041105-o-9999g-012_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Back to back DWI is stupid enough. But to leave your shild in the car on the interstate and go for gas? She needs to go to jail and get herself straightened out.

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