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Leonica Patricia Sears of Boynton Beach, Florida was arrested on DUI and child neglect charges on March 30 after someone reportedly saw her behind the wheel of a parked, running SUV in a supermarket parking lot. She reportedly had four children with her in the vehicle.

The passerby took it upon themselves to inspect Sears’ vehicle after allegedly seeing the kids jumping out of the sunroof to play around the parking lot. They called the police for help. Sears was arrested and faces charges for DUI, driving with a suspended license, and child neglect. She was booked into Palm Beach County jail and was later released after posting a $5,000 bond. News sources did not name a lawyer for Sears.

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Shirley Coto of Deerfield Beach was arrested last Sunday for 22 criminal charges that include DUI, manslaughter, and child neglect. Coto, 40, allegedly drove a vehicle with four unrestrained children inside while impaired without a valid driver’s license. She got into a car accident that killed one of her passengers, six-year-old Ruby Meza.

Coto was booked into Broward Main Jail and had a brief court hearing on Monday where a Broward judge read all of her charges. Her hearing was rescheduled to an unspecified date to give her time to notify her attorney to attend. It is unclear if the judge set bail for Coto.

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Derek Myers of West Boynton, Florida was arrested last Friday for allegedly crashing his car while under the influence with an unsecured 3-year-old passenger in the front seat. Myers purportedly fought and resisted deputies until he was forcibly subdued. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail and is being held in lieu of $4,000 bond. It is unclear whether Myers has hired legal representation.

According to the arrest report filed at the Palm Beach County Sherriff’s Office, the car crash occurred on Friday 25 at around 1 p.m. on East Sandpiper Drive in West Boynton. Myers, 32, was driving his car with a 3-year-old passenger. The three-year-old boy, who has not been identified as Myers’ son by news sources,was in the front-passenger seat unsecured by a seat belt, sources say.

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