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Cops: Mom Left 3 Kids in Cold Car to Shop

Wisconsin woman faces child-neglect charges
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2018 4:45 PM CST
   (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP)

(Newser) – It's the corollary to the child-left-in-hot-car stories from the summer: A woman in Wisconsin faces child-neglect charges after leaving her three young children in a cold car while she shopped, reports TMJ4. Police say Ashley Pirlot, 26, of Milwaukee left her three girls, ages 6 months, 17 months, and 6 years, in her car in 35-degree temperatures while she shopped in a Kmart. Surveillance video shows the girls were in the car about 17 minutes before police arrived, and the girls were OK. One unusual twist: Pirlot told officers that when she was a baby, her own mother was arrested for leaving her in a car while her mother watched a Packers game.

Upon her arrest, Pirlot told police she didn't want to deal with hassle of belting the children into a shopping cart. The youngest girl was in an infant carrier with a blanket inside the car, though police say her bare feet were sticking out, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Two of the counts Pirlot faces are felonies, which could mean jail time if she's convicted. Officers who responded bought diapers for the younger girls. (An alert passer-by may have saved this child.)

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