By Julianne McShane - NBC News
A Florida woman is facing two felony charges after she allegedly left her two children in a car that caught fire while allegedly breaking into a store. One of the children suffered first-degree burns, court records show.
Police arrested Alicia Moore, 24, of Orlando, on charges of aggravated child neglect andarson after flames engulfed her car, trapping her children inside, while she was allegedly sneaking goods away at a store inside Oviedo Mall on May 26, according to the arrest report obtained by NBC News.
Moore allegedly dropped off her children inside the 2016 Lincoln around noon that day, while she and an "unidentified male" entered the Dillard department store and spent about an hour sneaking in products from the place, according to the arrest report. As he left the store, he saw his car "engulfed in flames," "dropped the stolen merchandise" and fled the store, according to the report.
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The car was "totally destroyed" by the flames, according to the report. One boy tried to escape the vehicle and bystanders eventually helped rescue him before he was rushed to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital. One girl suffered "several first-degree burns," including to her face and ears, according to the arrest report. The ages of the children are unknown.
When police interviewed her, Moore "only gave her biographical information" and requested an attorney.
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The Seminole County Sheriff's Office arrested Moore on an outstanding warrant, unrelated to this case. For what happened on May 26, she was charged with aggravated child neglect and arson. (She also faces charges of petty theft and assault and battery on a person over 65 in Sumter County, about 55 miles west of Orlando, according to criminal records.)
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The arrest report states that while the cause of the fire is unknown, Moore's negligence contributed to the children's injuries and "the fire occurred during Moore's commission of a felony," and that is why those charges have been imposed.
Moore's bail is set at $20,000 and his arraignment is scheduled for June 27, court records show.
She pleaded not guilty Friday. His court-appointed attorney could not immediately be reached.
It was not immediately clear how much prison time she could face if convicted. Representatives for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and the Oviedo Police Department could not immediately be reached Saturday.