Cops: Woman left kids in car as she shopped

A Calverton woman was arrested last week in Riverhead after leaving three small children unattended in a parked car while she shopped at a home improvement store, Riverhead Town police said.

Sharee Jones, 21, was arrested about noon Tuesday outside Lowe’s on Route 58 and charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to a report.

Ms. Jones allegedly left three children — a 6-year-old and two 1-year-olds — unattended in a vehicle with the windows down and the keys in the ignition while she shopped, police said.

A Lowe’s employee notified police, officials said.

The responding officer stayed with the children for about 10 minutes before Ms. Jones returned to the vehicle. It is unknown how long the children were left unattended, police said.

Ms. Jones was transported to Riverhead Police headquarters and arraigned, according to a report.

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