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Deputies: Runners left girl, 7, unattended during Dade City race

A Winter Park mother and her domestic partner were arrested at the conclusion of an obstacle course race Saturday in Dade City after it was discovered they left a 7 year old unattended for five hours during the race, according to authorities.

Christina Clemons, 28, 3932 Caliber Bend Lane, and her partner, Brianna Lake, 26, same address, were arrested and charged with child neglect.

The pair traveled to Dade City to participate in the Savage Race at Little Everglades Ranch. Clemons’ 7-year-old daughter, who also made the trip, was left unattended for five hours while the adults participated in the race, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

The pair said they made prior arrangements with a friend to watch the girl, but the friend never showed up, according to the sheriff’s office.

Clemons told deputies she figured it would be OK “with all the cops around.”

Race officials found the girl unattended on the property and paged Clemons, deputies said, but the duo chose to finish the race. Both said they heard the announcement over the public address system.

Lake told deputies: “We did not believe it would take so long. I knew we would be in trouble.”

The child was placed with a family in Orange County under the supervision of the Department of Children and Families, deputies said.

Clemons and Lake remain in the Land O’ Lakes Jail, each with a $5,000 bond.

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