Mother charged with child neglect in baby in car case
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Sep 26, 2012 | 2340 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A woman was arrested Tuesday evening after being identified as the suspect involved in allegedly leaving her 5-month-old child inside a hot car while she reportedly went shopping.

According to Cleveland Police detective Brian Pritchard, Kellie L. Veney, 21, was taken into custody at a Coffey Road address after a Department of Children’s Services and officer Jennifer McKee’s investigation.

Veney was charged with child neglect, according to Pritchard.

The incident was reported after a small child was observed crying and sweating inside a car parked at Walmart on Treasury Drive.

According to a report filed by McKee, store employees stated the child, who was later determined to be 5 months old, was strapped in a car seat and the windows of the gray Nissan Maxima were rolled up, with the exception of one which was halfway down.

“The employees said the baby was sweating and screaming so they reached in, unlocked the door and removed the baby. They said his clothes were wet from sweat and he was having trouble breathing,” McKee noted in her report.

A few minutes passed and the employees were approached by two women, one of whom said she was the mother.

The mother reportedly took the child and stated, “they never left it, just walked away.”

After the women were told law enforcement had been notified, they left the scene.

McKee and Pritchard utilized the store’s security cameras and license tag information to locate Veney.

According to video security cameras, investigators learned the women were inside the store for approximately seven minutes.

According to Bradley County Jail information, Veney was released Tuesday afternoon after posting a $3,000 bond.

Veney is scheduled Oct. 2, for another court appearance, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

n Cleveland Police Department detectives are searching for a man accused of allegedly cashing checks on a closed account as well as theft of property.

Aaron Alexander Zaleta is wanted for theft over $500, theft under $500 and four counts of forgery.

According to detective Matt Jenkins, Zaleta took checks from the offices of the International Outreach of the Church of God while the offices were being moved.

Zaleta was involved in the moving process, according to Jenkins.

The account had been closed for two years.

Jenkins’ investigation revealed Zaleta had cashed several checks totalling $2,611.08.

The checks had been cashed at several business in the city and county, according to Jenkins.

Zaleta was also a suspect in a theft where a ladder and an air conditioner were taken from a former employer. Jenkins said the allegedly stolen items have been located.

Anyone having information concerning Zaleta can contact Jenkins at 303-3134.