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Riverton mom charged with leaving toddler in car while shopping

Published: Friday, Oct. 4 2013 4:46 p.m. MDT

A Riverton woman accused of leaving her 2-year-old in the car while she went shopping now faces a felony charge.

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WEST JORDAN — A Riverton woman accused of leaving her toddler in the car while she went shopping now faces a felony charge.

Paige Gottwald, 36, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with abuse or neglect of a disabled child, a third-degree felony.

On Sept. 19, West Jordan police were called to Wal-Mart, 7671 S. Campus View Drive (3800 West), where officers found a nearly 2-year-old boy had been left alone in a vehicle for at least 30 minutes, according to charging documents.

When detectives found the baby's mother, she said "she left him alone in the vehicle while she was shopping and that she always left him in the car when she shopped," the charges state.

Gottwald allegedly told police she had left the air conditioning on and did not believe she had done anything wrong.

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