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POLICE: Louisville woman arrested after 3 children found alone in car in 'brutal cold'

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Broquel King (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Broquel King (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville woman has been arrested after police say she left three children -- one of whom was only 6 months old -- alone in a cold vehicle in frigid temperatures.

According to an arrest report, it happened Tuesday evening in the parking lot of Walmart at 7100 Raggard Road, near the intersection of Lower Hunters Trace and Greenbelt Highway.

Police say alarmed Walmart customers told them that children had been left alone in a vehicle in the store parking lot. According to the arrest report, customers led officers to the vehicle, which did indeed contain three children -- a 4-year-old, a 1-year-old and a 6-month-old.

Police say the car was not running, and was unlocked, with windows that were cracked open. Additionally, police say there was no residual warmth emanating from the engine compartment.

According to the arrest report, the outside temperature at the time was 15 degrees Fahrenheit, with a wind chill factor of 9 degrees.

Police say Metro EMS was immediately called, due to the fact that police did not know how long the children had been in the vehicle, in what they described as "brutal cold."

According to the arrest report, police eventually found the woman who bore responsibility for the children's welfare -- 28-year-old Broquel King. King allegedly told the officers that the children had only been alone for five minutes, but police say they had been staying with the children for about 20 minutes before she showed up.

Police say King's actions placed the children, "in substantial danger of death or serious physical injury due to the extreme cold." Police add that the children, "were physically incapable of removing themselves from these extreme conditions."

King was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree criminal abuse, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and once count of disorderly conduct.

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