A North Carolina couple was arrested in Fort Mill Friday after police said they left their baby in a car while trespassing at Carowinds.
A security officer at the amusement park called the York County Sheriff’s Office when he noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot at about 8 p.m., according to a sheriff’s report. The officer saw a baby “unattended and crying” in the car.
After about 15 or 20 minutes, the report states, the baby’s parents, Jason Lee, 42, and his girlfriend, Frances Greene, 30, both of Lexington, N.C., returned to the car.
Lee told deputies that Greene wanted to see Carowinds, so he brought her and their 8-month-old to the park, but they left the baby alone in the car.
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Carowinds is not open during winter months, and weather records show it was dark and about 37 degrees at the time of the incident. A Carowinds spokesman said nothing at the park was damaged and that the situation was unusual for the park. He referred all other questions to the sheriff’s office.
Greene first told deputies that she heard “voices from God telling her to go see the park,” the report states. She later told them that “the voices that she thought were from God were actually extra-terrestrials, and that they wanted her to leave her body behind and come with them.” Greene told deputies that she “decided against that because she wanted to stay with her family,” according to the report.
She was taken to Piedmont Medical Center for evaluation and to be treated for a hand injury she suffered while trying to climb a fence into Carowinds.
Greene and Lee were still in custody at the York County Detention Center Thursday morning. Both are charged with unlawful child neglect. Greene also is charged with filing a false police report of a felony. Her bond was set at $15,000. Lee’s bond was set at $5,470.
The baby was taken into emergency protective custody by the state Department of Social Services.