Florida Mom Arrested After Cops Say Kid Hurt In Drug Deal

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Associated Press Release

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- A 27-year-old southwest Florida mother has been charged with child neglect after her 2-year-old daughter was injured during an alleged drug deal.

Clearwater police said Nicole Whitfield left her daughter in the car when she got out to buy or sell marijuana. The deal somehow went bad and that's when authorities say the little girl tried to get into the vehicle her mother was in and ended up being dragged a short distance when the vehicle started moving.

The child was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and released to relatives. The Department of Children and Families is also investigating.

Whitfield was taken to the Pinellas County Jail after Friday's arrest.

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