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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a Louisville mother left her children alone in a cold car late Wednesday night while she went shopping at Target.
It happened shortly after 9:30 p.m., at the Target on Dixie Highway, near Stonestreet Road.
According to an arrest report, officers were flagged down after witnesses discovered two children under the age of 12 who had been left alone inside a vehicle.
When the police got on the scene, a witness told them they discovered the children and notified the employees of Target. Store security employees then brought the children inside Target to find their mother.
Their mother turned out to be 25-year-old Amara L. Phelps.
Police say her act of leaving the children alone in the vehicle, "caused cruel confinement." The kids were allegedly left in the car for more than 20 minutes and the temperature outside was 43 degrees.
Phelps was arrested and charged with two counts of second degree criminal abuse.