A Louisville mother left her three children in a vehicle in 15-degree weather Tuesday while she shopped at a Walmart, according to Louisville Metro Police.
Officers were guided by concerned customers to the vehicle, according to police records. The children were ages 4, 20 months and six months. The vehicle was unlocked, it wasn’t running and the windows were partially rolled down.
With a of 9 degrees, police called Emergency Medical Services because they were uncertain how long the children had been in the “brutal cold,” according to police.
When Broquel King, 28, returned to the vehicle, she told police she had been in the store for only five minutes. But police had been with the children and the vehicle for about 20 minutes before King returned, according to the police report.
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The children were incapable of removing themselves from the extreme conditions, according to the arrest report.
“(The) suspect’s actions placed children in substantial danger of death or serious physical injury due to the extreme cold,” a Louisville officer wrote in the arrest report.
King was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, three counts of criminal abuse and a count of disorderly conduct. She was being held in Louisville Metro Corrections.