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Sep 11, 2009 12:24 PM by Natalie Shepherd

Florida mom races to catch flight, leaves son behind at airport

Editor's note:  According to court documents, charges in this case were voluntarially dropped by the prosecutor's office on May 11, 2012.

A scheduling mixup at the airport left Martine Lifleur with a choice. Miss her flight. Or get on the plane and leave her 10-year-old alone with no money or cell phone at Tampa International Airport.

She got on the plane. She was arrested when she arrived at her destination.

The child's grandmother - his father's mother - was supposed to pick them up at their home, drive Lifleur to the airport and watch her grandson for the week. When the grandmother didn't show up, Lifleur drove herself and parked in the short-term parking garage.

She brought the child to the terminal, gave him the keys to her car and told him to wait for his grandmother.

The boy waited about 90 minutes, then walked to an information kiosk and asked whether someone could call his family. That's when airport police were called.

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