Police: 4 children found alone in car outside Germantown grocery store

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A woman accused of leaving four children unattended in a vehicle with the keys inside Monday night at the Germantown Kroger has been charged with child endangerment.

Metro police said an officer was flagged down Monday night by a shopper at the grocery store on Monroe Street where two juveniles could be seen inside the car, which was parked in a handicap spot.

When officers got into the vehicle, they said they found another juvenile in the back floorboard wearing only underwear, along with another child sleeping in the backseat.

Police said 31-year-old Jelasa Horton returned to the vehicle and claimed she only left the children alone for about five minutes, though officers said witnesses disputed that, claiming she was in the store for much longer.

Horton began yelling and crying as a crowd of more than a dozen customers gathered around, officers explained.

Police said the vehicle did not have child car seats, despite the ages of the children, which were not disclosed.

Horton was arrested and charged with child endangerment.

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