Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mom accused of leaving kids in car to shop.

By Alexis Stevens
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A North Fulton County mother was arrested Tuesday for allegedly leaving her two children locked inside her SUV while she shopped, according to police.

Zecole Thomas, 29, was arrested after she left her two young children inside her SUV while she shopped, according to Alpharetta police.

Zecole Wilkerson Thomas, 29, of Milton, was charged with two counts of reckless conduct and booked into Fulton County jail, where she spent the night before posting $2,000 bond Wednesday, booking records showed.

Passersby called police after seeing the two children in the SUV, which was parked at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store on North Point Drive, according to Alpharetta police. The vehicle's engine was not running, police said.

Following their mother's arrest, the two children were released to their father, according to police.

In an interview with Channel 2 Action News, Thomas said her children, ages 5 and 2, were sleeping when she arrived at the store. She said she decided to go inside the store for about 10 minutes to buy sewing supplies.

"I would never do anything to harm my children," an emotional Thomas told Channel 2. "I was not trying to suffocate my children. The windows were open."

Temperatures were in the 90s while the children were locked inside the SUV, according to police. The children were sweaty, but otherwise in good health, according to police.

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