A woman in Cookeville was cited to court on Monday for leaving her two children inside the car while she went shopping.According to The Herald Citizen, the incident occurred around 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart located on South Jefferson Avenue.Police told the newspaper that they were dispatched to the parking lot because "a child was being left unattended in a vehicle".When police arrived, they saw two small children in the back of a Nissan Xterra. The vehicle's engine was running in front of the garden center at Walmart.Police waited for 21-year-old Alinda Conlan to return to her vehicle for 15 minutes. According to reports, Conlan stated that she didn't know it was illegal to leave children unattended inside a vehicle and that she only needed to go inside for a few minutes.She also told them that she left the car running so the air conditioning would remain on and the children "didn't get hot".The newspaper stated that the children were 8-years-old and 7-months-old.The young mother is due in court July 22.
The Herald Citizen contributed to this story.
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