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Mother arrested after allegedly leaving daughter behind during attempted repo

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WINNSBORO, SC (WIS) - A child is in her father's custody and her mother is in jail after she hit the little girl with a vehicle and abandoned her during the attempted repossession of a Chevy Impala, according to a Fairfield County Sheriff's Department incident report.

The incident happened at 704 Golf Course Road around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

A representative of Action Recovery Service of Irmo was at the address attempting to repossess 27-year-old Kimberly Jones' 2004 Impala when the situation deteriorated, according to the report.  

That's when Jones put the car in reverse at a high speed and, while attempting to get away, struck her 6-year-old daughter in the back with the door open, according to the report.

"For a mother to go to this length to keep a car, I can't get over it," said Terri Wilson, the repossession officer.

Despite telling her daughter to get into the car during the collision, Jones eventually sped away leaving the 6-year-old behind, the report states.

Deputies responded to the scene and, after checking the little girl out, called the Department of Social Services.

"I didn't know what to say to the little girl," said Wilson. "Her mother had just drove off with two strangers trying to pick up her car."

At the request of DSS, the girl's father was notified and responded to the sheriff's department to pick the victim up.

Wilson believes clients are becoming more hostile thanks to reality television shows like "Operation Repo" that air repossessions gone wrong.

"These people are watching this on TV, thinking it needs to be confrontational. They think we're out to get you.That's not what it's about."

Jones is being held at the Fairfield County Detention Center charged with cruelty to children.

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