Sailor turns herself in after being "u-a"

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Posted on August 9, 2002 at 6:18 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 3:03 PM

A navy Seabee whose son died in a hot car while she was working has turned herself in.

A statement from the Navy said "the Seaman ... turned herself in to local Navy authorities in Columbia, South Carolina" on Thursday. She's now back in Hampton Roads.

Earlier this week, the Navy said she'd gone "u-a" or unauthorized absence from her job at Little Creek Amphibious Base.

She had been given leave to return home to South Carolina to bury her 11-month-old son. But she didn't return as expected.

Sources told 13News last week that the 20-year-old single mother could face criminal charges in her son's death. He died from overheating on July 27 after being left several hours in a car.

Navy officials said she told them she couldn't find a babysitter to care for her child while she pulled a Saturday shift. The investigation continues. No charges had been filed by Friday afternoon.

Sources have also told 13News the woman has been accused before of neglect or abuse involving the same child.

WATCH 13NEWS BEGINNING AT 5:00 FOR THE LATEST ON THIS STORY.

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