Police: Woman left child in Cedar Park phone store
Feb 09, 2013 (Austin American-Statesman - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Cedar Park police have charged a woman with endangering a child after they say she left her 8-year-old daughter at a cell phone store.
Tricia Tiede Copenhaver, 39, and her daughter were at the Verizon Wireless store at 1455 E. Whitestone Blvd. in Cedar Park at about 6 p.m. Feb. 4 when Copenhaver told the girl that she would leave her if she did not stop playing games, the arrest warrant said.
When the girl did not respond, Copenhaver got into her car to "teach a lesson," the warrant said. The mother then drove around the store twice and each time saw the girl was still playing games inside the store, the warrant said.
Copenhaver then went to a department store in the same shopping center, the warrant said. The girl then discovered that her mother had left and and went to a nearby restaurant to see if she was there, the warrant said.
The girl then went back to the Verizon store and asked an employee to help find Copenhaver, the warrant said. The employee left a message on Copenhaver's phone at 6:04 p.m., the warrant said.
Four minutes later, Copenhaver called to say she was on the way back to pick up her daughter, according to the warrant.
Police arrived about 6:12 p.m., the warrant said.
Copenhaver completed a purchase at the department store and returned to pick up her daughter at about 6:20 p.m., the warrant said.
She was booked into the Williamson County Jail on Feb. 6 and released the same day after posting $5,000 bail, according to court records.
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