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Not Guilty Plea to Child Endangerment

Amanda Nejat, 46, of Danville, is accused of leaving her 11-week-old twins unattended in her SUV while she went into Stoneridge Mall on Feb. 7.

Amanda Nejat wasn't in court Wednesday morning, but her attorney, Louis Goodman, was and he entered a plea for her of "not guilty" to two counts of cruelty to a child by endangering health.

Pleasanton Police arrested after someone noticed in a parked Cadillac Escalade in the Stoneridge Mall parking lot.

The witness called police and mall security and, when the mother -- who turned out to be Nejat -- returned, she was arrested. The infants were 11-week-old twins.

Nejat is due back to the Pleasanton courthouse, in department 701, on May 2.

Based on security camera footage, Pleasanton Police officer Larry Cox said the infants were left alone for at least 40 minutes.

Nejat told police initially that she just went in to use the bathroom. Later, police say she admitted she did some shopping and returned some items.

the witness was a mom herself.

"She kind of did a double take when she first heard this," he said. "As a parent, you know the difference between an infant cry and the cry of an older child."

As mall security officers and the witness waited by the car, Nejat came out, Cox said.

"They told her they'd called police, and that she needed to wait there," Cox said. "She didn't try to flee or anything like that."

She admitted to shopping and returning some things, Cox said. She didn't say what she was shopping for.

She was arrested on the spot. Her husband picked up the babies and took them home, Cox said.

Serene March 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Not guilty?!!... as per the article, "Nejat told police initially that she just went in to use the bathroom. Later, police say she admitted she did some shopping and returned some items." What a pathetic mother she is to those poor innocent babies.
Steve Bond March 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Too stupid to breed. Guess that little "quick" shopping spree while they napped in the locked up Escalade wasnt such a good idea after all.
Hali March 22, 2012 at 11:41 PM
It's just a technical procedure that's called an arraignment. Even one thinks he/she is guilty, you don't normally plead guilty on your arraignment day unless DA has an acceptable offer ready for you. You have to explore best possible options before resolving your case.
Hali March 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM
That was a very bad decision on her part. What was she thinking? How could she concentrate on shopping knowing she left her babies in the car? Crazy!

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