Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested 35-year-old Andrea Michelle Cole on Monday and charged her with child neglect and resisting arrest with violence
A Florida mother has been detained after she told authorities that she ‘had no idea; that her seven-week-old daughter and toddler son in a sweltering hot car with loose pills and empty alcohol bottles.
Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office found that the two young children were showing signs of heat exhaustion as they approached 35-year-old Andrea Michelle Cole’s Brandenton home on Monday.
Officers confronted the mother who said that she ‘had no idea that she left her children in the car and could not answer questions,’ a probably cause affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald states.
The two children were found to be sitting alone in the blistering heat – where temperatures outside were 93 degrees with a heat index of 102 degrees. Deputies found loose prescription pills, open liquor bottles and used diapers inside the vehicle.
Authorities had responded to the home at 12.28pm after receiving a domestic violence report. A deputy found the children in the driveway and all but one window was closed in the vehicle they were in.
Backup came and assisted at the scene, helping to make the newborn become responsive.
Both children were taken to the Manatee Memorial Hospital to be treated and were found to have had numerous sores and bite marks. Deputies estimated that they had been inside the car for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
Her seven-week-old daughter and two-year-old son were found inside a blistering hot car in the family’s Brandenton home. The temperature was 93 degrees with a heat index of 102 degrees
Officers said that Cole became ‘very hostile’ as they tried to speak with her, balling fist and becoming more agitated as she was being asked questions. The woman is said to have threatened to fight deputies, prompting their immediate detainment of the mother.
Cole’s home – that she shared with her husband and children – was filthy and had garbage hoarded all over the house, according to deputies. They added that there was nothing edible to eat in the home and that there were empty liquor bottles thrown all over the place.
Cole was detained on Monday and charged with child neglect and resisting arrest with violence. She was in custody at the Manatee County jail, as of Tuesday afternoon, and has a bond of $9,000.
During her Tuesday court appearance, Cole told Circuit Judge Robert Farrance that there was a ‘ton of food’ for her children.
Officers had responded to the family’s home after learning of a domestic violence report but when asking Cole questions, they claim she grew belligerent and threatened to fight them
‘I love my kids so much. I really do,’ she added. Cole will be placed on a Supervised Release program when released, meaning that contact with her children will be governed by orders given after her case.
The children were placed in the protective custody of their maternal grandmother, during a Tuesday dependency court hearing.
Cole nor her husband, Jack Kingdom Cole III, were present for the hearing. Child welfare workers had not known that the mother was still in custody.
Circuit Jude Teresa Dees ordered the parent’s mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence records be shared with child protection investigators.
The mother does have a history of abusing drugs and has been arrested numerous times, but she was said to not have a ‘criminal history.’
Cole was given more than a dozen charges for obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled substance with a fraudulent prescription in 2004. An investigation revealed that the woman – formerly Andrea Jaramillo – had been filling out fraudulent Adderall prescriptions in her and her brother’s name at local pharmacies.
Her husband – Jack Cole – is currently out on bond after he was arrested for one count of aggravated battery against a pregnant woman and two counts of violating the conditions set for his release. He allegedly punched his pregnant wife in the stomach and chest during a February dispute
After taking a plea deal, Cole was sentenced to two years of probation while having to undergo intensive out-patient psychotherapy. She violated her probation twice and was ordered into the First Step of Sarasota Pathways addiction recovery residential program.
She faced similar charges in Pinellas County and was also arrested for resisting officers in Manatee on one prior occasion.
Her husband is currently out on bond after he was arrested for one count of aggravated battery against a pregnant woman and two counts of violating the conditions set for his release.
Andrea Cole was said to have been found be deputies crying in her car with the couple’s at-the-time one-year-old son on February 8, according to a probable cause affidavit.
She allegedly told deputies that her husband was verbally abusing her and that she needed a place to feel safe. But a call she made to a shelter revealed that her husband had dragged her to the ground by her hair before kicking her in the chest and stomach, the report states.
Cole would later write a June letter to the judge presiding over the case claiming that the case was the act of ‘a vindictive prosecutor’ trying to destroy her family.
‘My husband is not violent and never attacked me pregnant,’ Cole claimed. ‘The police report is all false and full of lies and the state attorney is being vindictive and evil in his conduct.’
She claimed that the prosecutor was ‘an atheist and most likely a homosexual hell bent on destroying families by ripping apart families by targeting so many husbands and men.’
The mother asserted that the prosecutor was ‘working in cahoots’ with her husband’s public defender.
She stated that ‘there is a spiritual war going on in this world. My husband and I are firm believers in Christ and rebuke this awful attack on our family,’ adding that the prosecutor ‘wishes to help women , as most men do, yet he cannot … because of the spirit of homosexuality. So he acts out in these egregious ways.’
Cole argued that the no contact order made between her and her husband be lifted or amended.
Jack Cole is said to have an extensive criminal history. He has been arrested more than a dozen times for charges involving domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of cannabis.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to determine whether he is competent to stand trial for the February case.