AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office announced late Tuesday night that Jasmyne Scudder, 21, of Augusta is charged with trying to deposit a fraudulent check after an incident that deputies say also involved her one month-old child being left alone in the parking lot of Cheddar’s restaurant on Walton Way Extension.
Investigators say that, after being checked as a precaution at Georgia Regents Medical Center, both the one-month-old and Scudder’s three-year-old were released to their Grandmother.
The case of child abandonment and endangerment remains under investigation.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: A woman is now in custody after a Cheddar’s employee found a baby crying in her car seat.
According to Richmond County Dispatch, the call came in at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday that a baby was found in the parking lot of Cheddar’s on the 3600 block of Walton Way Extension.
A Cheddar’s employee says, next to the little girl’s car seat was a baby bag full of hospital records and a birth certificate. He says, as he was bringing the baby into the restaurant, that’s when he saw police cars at the Queensborough National Bank branch located next door.
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputies say the baby’s mother was at the Queensborough National Bank branch located bank attempting to cash a suspicious check.
Authorities say, when they showed up, the man the mother she was with put the baby and the baby bag out of the car and left the scene of the restaurant.
The baby is safe and deputies are investigating this both as a fraudulent check case and an abandoned child case. The witness says information from the birth certificate shows the baby is only about 6-weeks-old.
We will continue to follow this developing story and provide the latest information as it becomes available.