Mother's Day did not end ideally for an Oklahoma City woman, who was arrested early Monday morning on complaints of child neglect.
About 12:20 a.m. Monday, police responded to a call from Lumpy's Sports Grill, 5909 Northwest Expressway, about a woman who left her 4-year-old child in her car while she was having drinks, according to a police report. When officers arrived at the restaurant, they found the child sleeping in the back seat of an unattended gray Nissan Xterra.
The woman was identified as Hayley Dawn Hampton, 28.
Hampton said she was at Lumpy's Sports Grill to pick up her boyfriend, who was drinking with friends after work, according to the report. They invited her to stay for a drink to "celebrate Mother's Day."
According to the report, Hampton said her boyfriend offered to go outside and watch the child and that it was his fault that the child was left alone. The boyfriend is not the child's father and does not have custody.
Hampton claimed she was in the bar for "five minutes or so," although her boyfriend said she was there for about 30 minutes, and the bartender said she arrived a little after 11:20 p.m., according to the report.
The bartender said the boyfriend went outside for about 10 to 15 minutes to look after the child when Hampton arrived at the bar, according to the report. The bartender said she became concerned when neither Hampton nor the boyfriend went back out to stay with the child and said she went outside for about 15 minutes before calling police, according to the report.
Neither Hampton nor the boyfriend went outside between the time the bartender called police and when police arrived, the report said.
The woman was arrested and taken to the Oklahoma County Jail.
The Department of Human Services placed the child in the custody of one of Hampton's family members.