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SC mom leaves 3-year-old in hot car while she gets a manicure, Richland deputies say

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Richland County deputies arrested a woman after they said she left her 3-year-old child sitting in a hot car while she got her nails done, according to a statement from the sheriff’s department.

Dougrica Lewis, 32, was charged with unlawful conduct towards a child after deputies found the child sweating in the car in the parking lot on an 80 degree day, according to the statement.

Deputies were called to the parking lot Thursday as Columbia was going through a hot spell, according to the statement. One of the car’s windows was cracked, and a deputy reached through and unlocked the car door.

After removing the child from the back seat of the car, the deputy entered the nail salon, according to the statement. Lewis was the only one inside.

Lewis told deputies she did not do anything wrong because she could see her son from inside the salon, according to the statement. She also said she had to leave him in the car because the salon prohibits children under the age of 10.

Lewis was arrested and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.