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Va. mother charged after purposely locking kids in car with temperatures as high as 150°

Alexa Faulkison (FCPD)

A Fairfax County mother is facing three counts of felony cruelty to a child after she purposely left her three children locked in a car for at least 45 minutes, authorities report.

According to police, the children, between the ages of 5 and 7, were found locked inside the unattended vehicle in a business center parking lot around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Officials say the temperature in the vehicle was as high as 150 degrees. One of the children had reportedly "punched a hole through a taped-up window in order to get air into the car," police stated in a press release.

Police say 26-year-old Alexa Faulkison left the children inside the vehicle because she didn't want to bring them inside her workplace with her.

"We would like to remind everyone that despite it being October, it is still dangerous to leave your kids in a hot car. Leaving children in an unattended vehicle is never a good idea, but is particularly dangerous when it is warm and sunny out. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature in a car on a 93-degree day can soar to 125 degrees in just 20 minutes and approximately 140 degrees in 40 minutes. So, please take your kids with you, no matter how quick your errand!" Fairfax County Police stated in a press release.

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