A Florida woman has been charged after shooting a bullet into the front door of her home then heading to a bar, leaving her baby in the crib home alone.
According to deputies, on Thanksgiving night, a call came in from a concerned woman who had gone to check on 37-year-old Victoria Hidalgo and saw a bullet lodged in the front door.
The woman told investigators that she had called Hidalgo and she “sounded as though she was under the influence of alcohol”, and stated she had fired a gun inside the home, prompting the woman to head over and check on her.
Deputies say that upon arrival, the woman noticed that their shared vehicle was not in its parking space. She then located the bullet in the front door. She granted deputies access to the residence, where they discovered a child left in a crib unsupervised.
The child was left in the care of a family member, as Victoria’s whereabouts were unknown. Major Crimes detectives were called to the scene to investigate.
During that investigation, detectives learned that the vehicle had been stopped by deputies near the intersection of Port Charlotte Blvd. and Tamiami Trail.
Victoria was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle with a male, identified as Robert Sampson, driving. Victoria’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, her breath smelled of alcohol, and her speech was slurred while being questioned.
Robert advised that he had just met Victoria at the Paddy Wagon Irish Pub. Robert stated that he did not know Victoria, but was concerned that she was going to drive in a very intoxicated condition and was helping her get home safe. He did not have any knowledge of the situation at the home.
Victoria was taken into custody and charged with Child Neglect without Great Bodily Harm. She was taken to the Charlotte County Jail and is currently out on bond in the amount of $3,500.00.