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Beloit woman arrested after leaving kids in freezing vehicle to shop

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BELOIT, WI (WTAQ) - A Beloit woman faces possible charges, for allegedly leaving two young kids in a cold car at a Walmart parking lot.  

The 23-year-old mother was released, after being arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor child neglect. Authorities say charges could be filed as early as Tuesday in Rock County. 

Somebody called police after seeing the two kids -- ages 5 and one-and-a-half -- in a car that was not running. It was 12-below at the time, with a wind chill of minus-32.  

Beloit Police said the woman kept the kids alone for about 10 minutes while she was shopping.

Officers were talking to the youngsters when the woman returned to her vehicle. The kids were taken to the county's Child Protective Services, where another relative later picked them up. They were checked out, and were fine.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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