Dyersburg Police cited a woman into court after she allegedly left two small children unattended in a running vehicle in the parking lot of Walmart.
The incident occurred on Saturday around 8:30 p.m. when a concerned passerby noticed two children inside a maroon Buick while their mother was inside Walmart on Lake Road in Dyersburg. The passerby called police and stated the car had been unattended for approximately 15 minutes. A police officer arrived and pulled over to the vehicle and made contact with the 34-year-old mother of the children, who were 1 and 7 years old. The mother reportedly told the officer she had gone inside to McDonald's to get the children some food and drinks. She stated she was inside "for just a minute" and had left the car running to keep the children warm. The officer informed her it was still unacceptable to leave the children alone in a running vehicle.
The mother stated to police she was having problems with family members and it was causing her to use bad judgment. Police cited the mother for leaving child unattended in motor vehicle. She is scheduled to appear in Dyersburg City Court on Friday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m.