Mother Admits Mistake Leaving Baby While In Beauty Parlor

SONORA, Calif. (AP) - A 21-year-old Sonora woman admits she made
a mistake when she left her infant son in her SUV while she had her
hair colored, but she says sheriff's deputies overreacted when they
arrested her.

Sara Kelley says she left her 8-month-old son David in the vehicle on Monday because he was asleep after having a difficult night. Someone saw the child and called sheriff's deputies, who arrested Kelley on suspicion of child endangerment.

Kelley was freed after posting $25,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

Hair stylist Morgan Minners says Kelley's vehicle was parked in front of the salon, about 20 feet from her chair. Minners says she doesn't feel the boy was in any danger.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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