A woman left a baby and a puppy alone in a car while she earned money as a prostitute, the Takoma Park Police chief said Wednesday.
Officers first responded to the 1200 block of Myrtle Avenue on Tuesday when someone complained about an 18-month-old being alone in a vehicle. The car was left running for about an hour. There was also an eight-week-old puppy inside.
While officers were investigating, Danielle Parnell, of no fixed address, came outside and indicated she was in an apartment performing sexual acts for money.
The 24-year-old was taken into custody. She’s charged with child neglect, child abuse, and prostitution.
The 18-month-old child is in the custody of Child Protective Services and the puppy was immediately adopted.