Godfather who left child in stolen car charged with child abuse

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A Greensboro man has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse after he left a 17-month-old in a car that was stolen last month, prompting a statewide Amber Alert.

Antwan Campbell, 37, of 3519 Park Hill Crossing, Greensboro, left Shylin Olandea Neal inside an SUV that was stolen outside the Food Lion grocery store at the Palladium Shopping Center around 9:50 p.m on Aug. 29.

Police say Campbell left the child in the vehicle with the engine running. He told police he was inside the grocery store for “3 to 5 minutes.”

Campbell, the child’s godfather, turned himself into police on Wednesday. He is charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

His court date is set for Sept. 23.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, a UNCG student spotted the vehicle with the child still inside near an apartment complex in Greensboro. The child was taken to the hospital for an evaluation and released later that morning.

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