BRADENTON -- A Bradenton mother lost custody of her children and is facing child neglect charges, after leaving them in the Social Security office to stop her vehicle from being repossessed, then driving away recklessly and returning on foot almost an hour later, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
At 1:30 p.m. Friday, officers were called out to the Social Security office, 5540 State Rd. 64 E., Bradenton, for a reported child abandonment incident, according to a news release.
The investigation revealed Nikia Mills, 29, of Bradenton, was at the Social Security office with her two children, ages 4 and 5, when she found out that her vehicle was being towed outside. The mother ran outside, leaving the children unattended.
When Mills was informed her vehicle was being repossessed, she reportedly got into her vehicle and drove over a parking curve, a sidewalk and continued to drive into the grass area next to the building, missing it by inches, the release states. The mother left the area but then returned on foot about 50 minutes later to the Social Security office.
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The children were taken into the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Police say Mills has an extensive history with DCF.
Mills was arrested and charged with two counts of child neglect without great bodily harm. She is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.
She also received a federal citation issued by the US Department of Homeland Security for creating a disturbance in a federal building.
Anyone with information about this case should call Bradenton Police Department Officer Lixa Moyett at 941-932-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip thru the web at www.manateecrimestoppers.com