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Virginia mom accused of getting drunk, abandoning children during ‘Floatopia’

Posted at 7:51 AM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 07:51:02-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A Norfolk mother is in the Virginia Beach Jail after court documents, obtained by WTKR, reveal she left her two young children on a hot beach while she got drunk.

Virginia Beach Police charged 27-year-old Shelby Oliver Sunday night with one count of child abuse and neglect causing serious injury, one count of child abuse with reckless disregard for life and public intoxication.

Dispatch calls reveal that someone called 911 stating that a fight broke out in the Chic's Beach area where the annual Floatopia party was being held.

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When EMS and Virginia Beach Police arrived to the altercation, documents reveal the Norfolk mom "approached an officer stating someone kidnapped her child."

The child was ultimately found, but documents reveal an 11-month-old was also found "extremely overheated with sand in eyes, eyes rolling in head, and Oliver denied the child was hers."

Documents go on to spell out that both children, a 7-year-old and the infant, were abandoned for hours with no supervision.

WTKR meteorologists state that temperatures hovered in the area that day around 92 degrees with a heat index of 96.

Oliver remains in jail under no bond, she has two pending cases of DUI on her record and driving with her license revoked.