July 25, 2014 5:08 pm

Mother charged after children left alone in vehicle in south Edmonton

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Francis Vachon, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Edmonton police have charged a 39-year-old woman after she allegedly left her two young children alone in a vehicle Thursday afternoon.

Police were called to grocery store parking lot in the area of 97 Street and 23 Avenue in South Edmonton Common around 2 p.m.

Officers were told a four-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy were left alone in an SUV for 15 to 20 minutes. The temperature outside was about 25°C at the time.

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Police say the mother arrived back at the vehicle as officers arrived on scene. The vehicle was not running and the keys were not left inside, according to police.

The children did not require medical attention, but police are once again reminding people not to leave children unattended in a vehicle.

“It is never safe to leave children unattended in a vehicle,” said Staff Sgt. Warren Driechel with the Edmonton Police Service. “They can suffer medical distress or become victims of crime. Make sure kids are always properly supervised and plan outings accordingly.

“The bottom line is a vehicle is not a babysitter.”

The mother has been charged with one count of causing a child to be in need of intervention under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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