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Mom left kids alone in hot car in Alpharetta, charged with reckless conduct

Zecole Thomas (click for larger version)
August 01, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A mother was arrested for reckless conduct July 24 after leaving her two children alone in a hot car on a 92 degree day.

A concerned citizen flagged down a police officer at about 3:30 p.m. at the parking lot of the JoAnne Fabrics on Holcomb Bridge Road.

The officer went up to the vehicle, a Honda Pilot, and reported he could see two children inside, crying. The car was turned off, but the windows were cracked.

Both children were younger than 6 years old – one was described as being about 4 years old and the other about 1 year old.

The officer noted the children were both "visibly upset and sweating profusely."

When the officer tried to get the older child to open the door, the child said he did not want to open the door to a stranger.

Firefighters were called to open the door, however the child opened it before they could arrive.

The older child said his mother was inside the JoAnne Fabrics store.

As soon as the door was opened, the children were moved to a police car in air conditioning and given water.

Both children were "sweating profusely and both children's shirts and shorts were soaking wet with sweat," noted the officer.

The mother, Zecole Thomas, 29, was found in the store and brought back to her car.

She allegedly said she knew she left her kids in the car, but did not think it "a big deal" because she only expected to be in the store for 10 minutes. She said she left them in the car because they were asleep.

She said she was only buying a spool of thread.

The officer told her he was with the children for longer than 10 minutes.

Thomas was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless conduct.


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