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Hog-hunting mom charged with child neglect

New Port Richey, Florida - A woman has been accused of leaving children in a cold car while she went hog hunting on Thursday morning.

STORY: Mom left child, baby in freezing car to go hog-hunting

"I couldn't believe that somebody would actually leave their kids in the car and go hog hunting," said Curt Albrecht, a family acquaintance who lives near the woman. 

Around 5 a.m., a Pasco County Sheriff's Deputy arrived at Glades Avenue in New Port Richey.

He discovered two children, a nine-year-old and six-month-old, inside a car with the engine turned off as the temperature outside was a chilly 38 degrees.

While questioning the child- who was only wearing a long-sleeved shirt, about the whereabouts of his guardians, deputies made a stunning discovery.

"We then found out after we interviewed the small child that he actually called 911. He said he called because he was cold," said Corporal Sean Kennedy. "His exact words were, quote, that he thought he'd be warmer in a police car." 

Cpl. Kennedy was the first Pasco County Sheriff's personnel on the scene.

According to the police report, Kayla Shavers emerged out of the woods about 40 minutes later.

"This woman appeared dressed in full camo. Camo hat, clothes, gloves," said Cpl. Kennedy. "She did have a gun in her boot, which we removed. She stated that she left her kids in the car; she was hunting hogs."

Shavers told authorities that she had only been gone for 30 minutes, and that she was "close enough to the car to respond in case the children needed her." 

The 30-year-old advised deputies at the scene that she was hunting the hogs because they were tearing up her property.

Shavers is charged with child neglect.


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