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Police: Conn. Woman Leaves Kids in Car to Shoplift


SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Manchester woman accused of shoplifting left her two young children locked in a car while she went into the store.

Authorities say officers who responded to the call from store security at a Gap Kids in South Windsor found that the woman had locked the children in the car without leaving the engine running to keep it warm on Wednesday when temperatures were near freezing.

Twenty-six-year-old Sharmerra Canty is charged with risk of injury to a minor and larceny. She was released on $5,000 bond. A phone number for Canty could not be found.

South Windsor police said arrangements were made for a relative to take custody of the children, who are 1 and 3 years old.

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  • alpinequeen

    It was take the kids to work day.

  • paulb62

    Well she wanted them to look good for their foster home
    Look at the name and you understand y she did this. She used her welfarr money on a tattoo and a smart fun so she had to steal clothes for the kids

  • Misses_ES

    She thought she was being a good mom by leaving them in the car hahaha you cant even leave a DOG in the car w/o heat why the f*ck did this dumb broad leave her kids in a freezing car? I would LOVE to hear how she defends herself in court.

  • my3boys

    To Joel who said “what was she supposed to take them w her”? Here’s a thought get a job or wait til u get $ buy it wow