UPDATE: 2 children left in vehicle while Beloit mother shopped

Beloit police arrested a mother after two young children were found alone in a cold vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Codi Davis

UPDATED Tuesday, January 7, 2014 --- 11:34 a.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Beloit police arrested a mother after two young children were found alone in a cold vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Authorities say the children, ages 18 months and 5 years, are OK and were left for about 10 minutes Monday night when the temperature was minus 12. Police say a citizen flagged an officer down in the parking lot about 7:30 p.m. to report the unattended children. As the officer investigated, the mother walked up to the Subaru.

The officer removed the children, who were checked by paramedics. Child Protective Services released the children to a family member. The 23-year-old Beloit mother was arrested on possible misdemeanor charges of child neglect and later released.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2014 --- 11:10 a.m.

Beloit Police arrested a mother Monday night after she allegedly left two children in a cold car in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

A citizen in the parking lot of the Milwaukee Rd. store flagged down an officer around 7:30 p.m.

The citizen said the car was not running and had two small children in it. Police say at the time the temperature was -12 degrees with a wind chill of -34.

The children, ages 18 months and 5 years, would not open the locked doors. The children's mother returned as the officer was talking to them.

Investigators determined the children had been left unattended in the car for 10 minutes. They were evaluated by paramedics and determined to be fine. They were released to a family member.

Their mother, 23-year-old Codi Davis, was arrested for two misdemeanor counts of child neglect.


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