THORNTON, Colo. (KKTV) – A mother faces up to a decade in prison for leaving her toddler son inside a frigid car during a snowstorm last year.
The 2-year-old boy spent 14 hours alone in the vehicle with no heat and outside temperatures sitting under zero. His hands and feet were frostbitten when he was found.
Nicole Carmon, 27, pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury and attempted first-degree assault Friday.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Denver Post, Carmon went to her babysitter’s home the morning after the storm looking for her son. The babysitter called police.
Carmon reportedly told officers she had been in a car crash the night before and had left her son with the vehicle. The affidavit says she told police when she got home, she couldn’t remember how she had gotten there or where she had left her car.
She also admitted to drinking six shots of vodka, according to the affidavit.
When officers found Carmon’s car an hour and a half later, it was parked at a shopping center on East 120th Avenue. Police said they did not find any signs of a crash, but that Carmon did appear drunk in surveillance video.