SALISBURY, N.C. -- A China Grove man has been charged by police with leaving his infant daughter alone in a car last Sunday while he went shopping.
It happened at the Lowe's home improvement store in Salisbury.
Police later charged 31-year-old Aaron Ferguson with misdemeanor child abuse.
Ferguson and his family live on a dead-end street with a no trespassing sign in front of their home.
Ferguson was released on a written promise to appear but did not seem to be home Thursday.
A woman who got out of a minivan said, before going inside, that an attorney had advised the family not to talk.
Salisbury Police say last Sunday Ferguson dropped his wife off first at another store in the shopping center, then parked and went inside Lowe's, forgetting his baby girl was in the car.
Another customer saw the baby alone in the car and went inside to report it.
The Lowe's manager came out, found the door unlocked and brought the child inside.
The child was in good condition and not harmed, but after questioning the family, Ferguson was charged.
While some neighbors said Ferguson had just made an honest mistake and should not be charged, another neighbor, Marjorie Bostin, said forgetting was not an excuse.
"You don't forget your kid," she said.
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