ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- A Volusia County woman accused of forgetting a baby in an SUV was allowed to leave jail Wednesday afternoon.
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Meagan Burgess, 33, of DeBary appeared shaken up during her court appearance on child neglect charges.
The judge said her bond would normally have been more than $2,000, but after hearing testimony about Burgess' character from her attorney and her husband, the judge allowed her to go home.
"We love our kids, and she's never gotten into trouble before. She doesn't smoke, doesn't drink or didn't do nothing wrong," said her husband, Andrew Burgess.
According to a Sheriff's Office incident report, Jessica Kaiser and her husband were shopping at a plaza on the 2400 block of Enterprise Road in Orange City at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
When they returned to their vehicle, they noticed what they initially thought was a doll in the back seat of an SUV parked next to them.
But they quickly realized that it was a baby boy in a child seat, deputies said.
"There’s a baby in the car, and we just opened the door, but we don't know where the people are whose car it is," a caller is heard saying on a 911 call.
The caller says the SUV's door was unlocked, and the baby was fine.
Orange City Fire Rescue responded to the 911 call and confirmed the baby was in good health.
Sheriff's deputies said in the report that about 24 minutes after the 911 call, Burgess returned to the SUV.
She told deputies that she thought she'd left all of her children with her grandfather at her DeBary home while she went shopping.
Deputies said it was about 93 degrees outside at the time.
Burgess, who told deputies she worked as a nurse at Florida Hospital in Orlando, said she didn't know the baby was left in the SUV and that this was "her worst fear," having seen other people do this on the news, the incident report said.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood shared a video on social media thanking Kaiser for her quick actions and saving the baby.
Burgess' attorney and her husband said the Department of Children and Families has been involved and has no concerns for the children at this point.