A Georgia woman will face charges of felony cruelty to children in the first degree and misdemeanor reckless conduct after authorities said she left her 3-year-old child home alone for hours while she went drinking. According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, 26-year-old Kelly May Algar and her male friend were taken to a hospital after passing out at a restaurant and bar on July 3.
At the hospital, Algar reportedly became agitated and said she had to go check on her child. Deputies arrived at her north Forsyth home, where they say they found the 3-year-old, uninjured but unattended.
“This child to our knowledge had been in this house for not just a few minutes but for a few hours in this house alone,” said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Corporal Doug Rainwater.
He said Algar had left earlier with a male friend, eventually ending up at the Good Ol’ Days Bar and Grill in Cumming about five miles away from her home.
Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services currently has custody of the child.
Timothy Copley, a customer at the bar, told FOX 5 he saw Algar and her friend outside the bar after closing hours.
“He passed out on the bench and 911 was called and they had to, he received Narcan to revive and all that,” said Copley.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the man was taken to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, and Algar went with him. While there, she reportedly told hospital staff she needed to head home. “This female stated that she needed to get back home because her three-year-old child was home alone,” said Corporal Rainwater.
According to Corporal Rainwater, Algar was released on a bond of over $20,000, and the man who was accompanying Algar is still recovering. Corporal Rainwater said the police were alerted after one of the hospital staff called 911. Deputies immediately headed to Algar's home where they found the little boy alone but luckily unharmed.
“He could have walked out in traffic, he could have fell and hit his little head, on a table busted his head, bled to death and nobody’s there to help him,” said Copley.