Monday, February 27, 2012

Augusta Mom Arrested for Dropping Off 10-Year-Old Son at Chuck E. Cheese's

An Augusta mother was arrested Sunday for dropping off her 10-year-old son at the front entrance of Chuck E. Cheese's and then leaving, authorities said.

Shelonda Addison, 39, of Castlerock Road, Augusta, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Restaurant employees told authorities that around 1:20 p.m. Sunday, a 10-year-old boy walked into the Wrightsboro Road business alone. The boy said his mother was going to a meeting and then shopping and would return for him later, a sheriff' report says.

A Chuck E. Cheese's employee tried to call the woman using a number the boy provided but was only able to leave voice mail messages. An hour after the boy arrived, his older sister arrived.

A responding deputy told the sister to call her mother and inform her that her presence was required at the store. When Addison finally showed up, she was arrested.

The woman argued that she responded to the voice mails by sending her daughter. That didn't matter. Addison was booked into the jail on a $6,800 bond and later released.

Chuck E. Cheese's is well known for its security and safety program for children. When children and adults first arrive at Chuck E. Cheese's, they pass through a Kid Check area where parents or guardians will have their hand stamped with a number that matches their child's. This is the restaurant's special way to make sure everyone who comes together leaves together.

On the restaurant's website, they say, "This program is not a substitute for adult supervision."

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