Cops: Mom Leaves Kids in Hot Car While in Court for Same Thing

2 children are fine, but their mother is in even more trouble
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2015 7:19 PM CDT
Cops: Mom Leaves Kids in Hot Car While in Court for Same Thing

A Virginia mother left her two young kids in a hot car with the windows rolled up while she made an appearance at the Henrico County Courthouse this week, say police. The harder-to-fathom part is that she was appearing in court over allegations that she had done almost the same thing last month, reports WTVR. The good news is that the kids—ages 6 and 1—are fine, but now 25-year-old Laquanda Newby faces additional charges. The story begins May 26, when Newby was accused of leaving the children in her car while she shopped at Sam's Club. She showed up at court Monday to be booked on that charge, and while she was inside, passers-by alerted deputies to the kids in the car.

The temperature hit the 90s that day. "Their shirts were wet, sweat rolling off their brows," says a captain in the sheriff's office. "They seemed to be OK, but it was very hot." Police think they were in the car at least two hours, reports the AP. They were brought inside the courthouse, and their mom was booked into jail on charges of contributing to the delinquency or abuse of a child. Police called the kids' father, who came to pick them up. Newby was released today on a $2,000 bond. (More child left in hot car stories.)

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