2 children left in car while mother shops
PRESCOTT - A mother who took one young child into a store to shop left two others in her unlocked car last Friday could now face charges, according to a police report.
The woman, whom the Courier is not identifying because she has not been charged, told police the youngest boy, a 3-year-old, was asleep in his carseat when they arrived at the Costco on Highway 69, so she left him there with her 7-year-old son while she took a third child inside to buy glasses.
It was 79 degrees outside, and she left the doors unlocked; a witness who called police said one of the doors was open, and a customer told the Costco staff they had been there for about 30 minutes, the report said.
When an officer arrived, he found the woman still in the lot. She told him, "I knew that the police were coming, so I didn't want to leave," the report said.
She told the officer that she "had made a poor choice" in leaving the boys in the car. "(The woman) was very apologetic and was actually more worried about someone taking her kids or her kids walking away from the vehicle because it was left unlocked," the report said.
Because the "children looked in good health," the officer did not cite the woman and instead notified Child Protective Services and forwarded the report to the Prescott city prosecutor, who could charge her at a later date.