Mother ticketed for leaving child in car while at store - KCTV5

Mother ticketed for leaving child in car while at store

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A shopping trip got a Kansas mother in trouble with the law after she left a toddler in the car.

The mother may have had intentions to stop inside this Hobby Lobby for just a short time, but police said a child left in the car is never a good idea. Now the 26-year-old mother faces city charges of endangering a child and illegal parking.

Shawnee police said the woman went inside the Hobby Lobby on Shawnee Mission Parkway Wednesday night and left her 2-year-old in the car seat. The car wasn't on and the doors were locked. Someone noticed the child and called police.

The mother came outside when she saw police around her car. After officers looked at the surveillance video tape, they determined she had been in the store approximately 14 minutes.

Police said leaving a child inside a car can turn tragic quickly with car thieves, weather or chemical elements.

"People leave their cars running in their driveways or convenience stores with their kids inside, sometimes they're just taking a chance. That can lead to a tragedy that none of us want to see happen," said Cpt. Bill Hisle with the Shawnee Police Department.

With a municipal charge if convicted, the woman could end up with a fine or jail time.

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