Police responded to the home of Victoria Hidalgo, 37, after they received a call from a woman who said Hidalgo had “sounded as though she was under the influence of alcohol” and had shot a gun inside her home, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.
When the unidentified woman arrived at Hidalgo’s apartment, she found a bullet lodged in the front door and noticed the vehicle that the two shared was not in the driveway.
She let police officers inside the house, and they discovered the baby unsupervised in its crib, officials said.
The baby was left in the care of a family member while police attempted to track down Hidalgo.
She was found in the passenger seat of a vehicle that had been pulled over, driven by 49-year-old Robert Sampson. Her “eyes were bloodshot and watery, her breath smelled of alcohol, and her speech was slurred while being questioned,” police said.
Sampson told police he did not know Hidalgo and had just met her at the Paddywagon Irish Pub. He said she was going to try to drive home while intoxicated and he was trying to get her home safely. He had no knowledge of the situation at her home, cops said.