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Woman charged after leaving child unattended in store

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Authorities have charged a woman after they she left 9-year-old daughter unattended in a store to teach her a lesson.

Williamson County authorities say an officer responded to the Verizon Store in the 1400 block of E. Whitestone on Feb. 4 for the report of a found child.

Authorities say Tricia Copenhaver told her daughter that they were leaving the Verizon Store and if she did not stop playing games that she would just leave her. Copenhaver left the store and got into her vehicle while her daughter stayed inside and played video games.

Copenhaver then left to "teach her a lesson" and drove around the building several times. She told officials that each time she saw her daughter was still playing video games.

Authorities say Copenhaver went to Ross which was located in the same shopping center to make a purchase.

During that time, the child noticed that her mother had left and began looking for her at a restaurant which was located nearby. When the child was unable to locate her mother, she returned to the Verizon store and asked the staff for help. The Verizon left several messages on Copenhaver's cell phone.

Copenhaver returned to the store approximately 15 minutes after the Verizon Store staff initially tried to contact her to take possession of her daughter.

Copenhaver has been charged with abandoning a child, a state jail felony.

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