UPDATE: Macon mother accused of leaving child in parking lot released from jail
According to the Bibb jail website, 23-year-old Kalandra Hightower posted her $8,450 bond.
A Bibb County magistrate judge ruled Hightower cannot have any contact with her children. Her son was placed under his grandmother’s care.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A woman now faces child cruelty charges because Sharks Fish and Chicken employees found her son in the parking lot.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Kalandra Hightower is now in the Bibb County Law Enforcement Complex.
Employees found the 2-year-old boy around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the restaurant at 3485 Mercer University Drive.
An employee said she saw a dark colored Honda pull into the parking lot.
A woman got out, opened a passenger door, looked like she was getting something out and then sped away.
The manager and the employee heard a crying noise in the bushes in the lot.
They found the boy, who immediately came to them.
About an hour later, Hightower and another woman drove up with Hightower claiming the young boy was her baby.
Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies took her in for questioning, and eventually arrested her.
She’s charged with cruelty to children, and her bond has been set at $8,450.
The boy will be taken care of by his grandmother.