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Michigan mother faces misdemeanor charges

A Michigan mother has acknowledged that she made a mistake. However, she maintains that she is not an unfit mother after she allegedly left her three children in the car on a hot summer day as she ran into a store for ice cream and ice. The mother now faces misdemeanor charges.

The incident happened on July 7. Police were called to a local Walmart around 3:45 p.m. The 25-year-old mother was allegedly in the store for a half hour. She had cracked a window in her car before entering the store. The heat index that day was 93 degrees.

Two of the woman's children were age 1, a third was age 7. According to one report, one of the children was unresponsive when police arrived on the scene. However, the child recovered a short time later after being brought into a cooler environment. The children did not require medical attention.

The mother turned herself into police on July 17. She has been charged with leaving a child unattended in a vehicle under the age of 6. She could face a 93-day jail sentence along with fines. The children have been returned to their mother.

The 25-year-old woman says that she will have to face the consequences for her mistake, but she hopes to learn from this experience. She is concerned, however, that authorities will attempt to make an example out of her.

In situations like this, people would be wise to work with an experienced attorney. An attorney will work to ensure that an individual is appropriately charged.

Source: mlive.com, "Norton Shores mom who allegedly left 3 kids in hot vehicle in Fruitport's Walmart parking lot charged with misdemeanor," Heather Lynn Peters, July 18, 2012

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