An Alabama mother with an extensive history of drug abuse has been arrested after leaving her toddler son to die in a hot car for more than 17 hours.

Elizabeth Anne Case, 36, was charged with reckless murder in the tragic death of 13-month-old Casen, according to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the intersection of Highway 251 and Highway 31 on Saturday afternoon where they found the vehicle and toddler.

Both Athens Police and Athens Fire were at the scene in addition to Case and the boy’s grandmother, Theresa Moss.

Case and Moss had both tried to transport Casen to the hospital, according to a release from the department. The toddler was taken to the Athens-Limestone Hospital but was pronounced dead.

Investigators said Case had left the child inside a buckled car seat as she left her residence on East Limestone Road between 9 and 10pm on Friday night. The car seat was not fastened into the vehicle.

The Toney native is said to have traveled to both Limestone and Madison counties so that she could dumpster dive, leaving the toddler inside the vehicle.

Case reportedly returned home at around 5.40am on Saturday and left the baby inside the vehicle as she went to bed.

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