A Virginia woman is facing charges of child neglect after she left her children in a running car while she ran into a convenience store to grab candy, drinks, and cigarettes.
Twenty-five-year-old Lavita Brown told our sister station WTVR she was only inside the Wawa store in Chesterfield for about two minutes and she parked near the window, so she could keep an eye on her car.
As Brown left the store she was stopped by a police officer who noticed the kids, ages one and two, in the car. The officer questioned her and she was charged with two counts of misdemeanor child neglect.
“I wasn’t neglecting them. I didn’t mean any harm just by running in the store to get candy, drinks, and my cigarettes,” says Brown.
Brown says she’s learned a big lesson from the incident and will always take her kids inside the store with her.