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Advocate offers parent education resources after baby left in car

Posted at 8:52 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 11:32:00-05

FORT MYERS-FLA. — Fort Myers Police made a shocking discovery in at a Sam's Club shopping plaza Thursday, after finding a four-month-old baby locked in a car.

The child's parents, Monsammat Ranu Pervin and MD Razaul Karim, have been arrested and charged with neglect.

The baby has been taken into the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

A local advocate who works with the Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida says though it may be hard to wrap your mind around situations like this, there is a chance those parents left their baby in that car because they didn't know any better.

"We have a lot of families out there and they don't know where to turn," said Charlene Gardner.

Gardner says parents who need that extra help often don't reach out for education, because of stigma.

But she's hoping to share resources that will help all parents learn.

"No one person is ever going to have all the answers and there is absolutely no shame because we could all learn something at any given time," said Gardner.

She says the CAC of SWFL offers free resources to parents who are interested.

"We have resources in our community for various prevention things as well as for learning new skills, new techniques," said Gardner.

The child's parents have been released from custody and are due in court on March 9.

Click here, if you are interested in taking advantage of the Children's Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida resources.