Waldorf Woman Arrested After Leaving Two Children in Freezing Car for Over an Hour

January 30, 2014
Coleman, Regina

Regina Marie Coleman, 28 of Waldorf

On January 28, 2014 at 8:05 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 11200 block of Mall Circle after a citizen called to report the sounds of children crying coming from inside a Cadillac Escalade which was parked outside a department store.

The windows of the car were heavily tinted and the witness was not able to see much more. Officers arrived and found two girls, a six-year-old and a three-year-old, inside the car.  Both girls were wearing heavy coats but told officers they were cold. Officers placed the girls in their police cars and noted the temperature was about 16 degrees.

Officers obtained the name of the girls’ mother and went inside the mall to search for her. They contacted mall security who made an announcement. The mother came out of a department store and approached officers. She claimed she lost her wallet and was inside the mall looking for it. She said she had only been inside for 10 minutes. Officers noted inconsistencies in her story and checked into the matter further. They subsequently learned the woman had been inside the department store for more than 90 minutes, sitting at a makeup counter having her makeup done. They also located her missing wallet inside her purse. Regina Marie Coleman, 28 of Waldorf, was arrested and charged with child neglect. The children were turned over to relatives. Officer J. Squriewell and Sgt. H. Smith investigated.

According to court documents Coleman went before District Court Commissioner, Matthew Pedersen, and was released on her own personal recognizance on January 29, 2014.

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18 Responses to Waldorf Woman Arrested After Leaving Two Children in Freezing Car for Over an Hour

  1. roxy on January 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    The makeup job didn’t go to waste, she looks great in the mug shot. I can say with experience that those little girls are going to remember not being important enough to be kept safe and warm. They may very well grow up to hate this selfish, self centered, child neglector of a mother. Hopefully they won’t get punished for crying too loud and feeling the cold, and interrupting mommies “me” time.

    • Barbara on January 30, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Personally I think the “make up artist” wasted her time!

  2. L on January 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This lady drives a Cadillac, can afford to get her make up done at the mall and opts not to pay a babysitter. She is then NOT held accountable for her actions, just released. No court appointed parenting classes, nothing. 16 degree’s is below freezing, did the court forget this little factor? Thank goodness someone called the police, these children could have froze to death. I hope someone is around to help out these children when this happens again. I’m sure it’s just a matter of time until she gets them back. Very sad.

    • Bluetooth on January 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Cool your jets there L. She has not been held accountable, YET. She was arrested and booked. The district court commissioner is the one who released her on her own recognizance, probably because she has no prior criminal record (Just my guess here). She will still have to come back to court and face a judge. That’s when she will be held accountable. At least I hope so. With the courts around here, who knows?

      • ezg1 on January 30, 2014 at 9:31 pm

        Wrong assumption on her not having a prior criminal record! Fact is that she has a rather extensive criminal record, which leads one to question why the district court commissioner released her on personal recognizance?

  3. The Other Side on January 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I just can’t see where that “make up job” did her any good.

    • DawnandLo on January 30, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. Bad judgement is written all over her face.

  4. Gill on January 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I have a feeling this wasn’t the first time, don’t know her just have a feeling and may even have been left at home alone. Shame, shame.

  5. Anonymous on January 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Priorities…some people have them all screwed up. Oh, and if it takes 90 minutes to do your make-up?…you’re doing it wrong!

    • Anonymous on January 30, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      We’re not sure it was done wrong if it took 90 minutes. We have no idea what kind of dilapidated wreckage heap her face was before the makeup technician got to it. We may be looking at a miracle here.

    • K.B. on January 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      I agree! Her priority should have been her kids, not a make up session. Very sad.

  6. CB on January 30, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    90 minutes to get make up done? That Brett come with a full massage and watching, too.

  7. anonymous on January 30, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Smh people truly need to get there priorities straight because if no one never called the police Lord knows how long them kids would of been in that truck. And for them to release he airway says Apr I pray that the kids are okay in she didn’t make them kids suffer fire her stupidity because they didn’t ask to be left there. They deserve better and if she did it one she would do it again!

  8. Rhiannon on January 31, 2014 at 12:02 am

    According to case search she has prior arrests of assault, burglery and theft, and also abuse of a vulnerable adult, which means an elderly or special needs person. She has traits of a sociopath….with a crappy, trashy make up job.

  9. Anonymous2 on January 31, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Not only is she a bad mother, she’s also a bad liar. Good thing they were able to find that “missing” wallet in her purse. Maybe she didn’t think to look there? Duh. Selfish, selfish, selfish. A SIX year old and a THREE year old locked in a cold care for 90 minutes. I wonder what the temp inside the vehicle was at that point! She probably thought that, with the tinted windows in the Caddy, no one would be able to see the children and no one would be the wiser. Surprise! You lose! Hope the judge throws the book at her. I’d be interested in seeing a follow-up story on what the courts do (or don’t do) to her.

  10. Tmb on January 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Very surprised to see an RO on her,apparently the court comish didn’t receive all the case file with all her priors. Just thankful some kind person heard the cries of those girls,and that police officers were not too busy on other calls to come save those children. I bet the found hot chocolates for while trying to find their mom. Hopefully the relative will remain having care and custody of them or CPS will find situation for the girls to live in.

  11. Momma on January 31, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I am sure she will get her kids back and those poor kids will continue to get abused. Why can’t these dumbasses just get neutered. I would like to tie her ugly ass outside in the freezing cold for a bit and see how she likes it. Our judicial system really does fail in so many ways

  12. Say NO 2 thugs on January 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    RATCHET AND GHETTO FABULOUS..know she can’t wait for that E.I.C tax refund so that she can go on a shopping spree while leaving the kids in the vehicle.