2 Children Left In Car In -12 Degree Weather While Mom Shopped At Wal-Mart

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.

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