Mom Leaves Kids in Car Outside Convenience Store, Police Charge Her

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) – Police in Chesterfield, Virginia charged a 25-year-old woman with two counts of misdemeanor child neglect after she left her two kids inside a running car while she went inside a convenience store.

Police say Lavita Brown left her two children, ages 1 and 2, inside the car.  Brown said she ran into a Wawa convenience store to grab candy, drinks and cigarettes.

“My car was parked right by the window. I could see my headlights, I couldn’t see my kids but I could see my headlights,” Brown said.

She said she was inside the store for around two minutes, and was stopped by an officer on her way out. She said the officer noticed the children in the car and after questioning, charged her.

“I wasn’t neglecting them. I didn’t mean any harm just by running in the store to get candy, drinks, and my cigarettes,” she said.

Read more from WHNT’s sister station, WTVR.

Do you think the woman should be charged with neglect, or do you think police should have given her a warning?  Post your comments below.

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