Rockford mom accused of leaving kids in car while she shopped

January 8, 2014

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

A day after a Beloit, Wis., woman was arrested for allegedly leaving her children in a parked car while she shopped during sub-zero weather, a Rockford mom was arrested on identical charges at a local Walmart.

The incident occurred Tuesday evening, Jan. 7, at the Walmart at 3902 W. Riverside Blvd.

When police arrived, officers found a 4-year-old girl and a 6-month-old boy inside a running car parked near the store.

As officers investigated, 24-year-old Sharnice Longwood returned to the vehicle, where she was arrested.

Police say a Walmart surveillance camera captured Longwood’s actions beginning at 5:46 p.m., when she entered the store without the kids. According to the video, Longwood loaded groceries into the vehicle at 6:18 p.m., then returned to the store, plugged in her mobile phone and made a call, police said. She arrived back at the car at 6:27 p.m., and was taken into custody.

The children were released to the Department of Children and Family Services. They were cold, but uninjured.

Longwood has been charged with two counts of child endangerment and has been released on bond.

The temperature in Rockford at the time of the incident was minus 4 degrees.

Monday, Jan. 6, Codi Davis, 23, of Beloit, Wis., was arrested for allegedly leaving her two children–ages 5 and 18 months–in her parked car while she shopped at Walmart. The temperature in Beloit Monday dipped to 12 below zero.

Posted Jan. 8, 2014

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