PD: Mom went to liquor store, left kids in car

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A mother was charged after police found her young children alone in a car while she was in a liquor store Thursday.

Lou Thurston with the Newport News Police Department said officers were dispatched to a 911 hang-up call at the ABC store in the 3200 block of Jefferson Avenue. There, they found a 5-year-old boy and 1-year-old girl alone in a car with the back window rolled down.

Officers found their mother inside the liquor store. Crystal Nicole Simmons, 27, was issued a summons for misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Child Protective Services was notified of the incident.

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