Cops: Mom on Trial for Leaving Tots in Hot Car, Leaves Tots in Hot Car to Attend Court

Henrico County Jail
Henrico County Jail
Richmond, VA

A woman who was arrested for leaving her toddlers in a hot car compounded the crime by doing it for a second time while she attended court over the earlier charges, authorities in Virginia say.

Laquanda Newby, 25, is now charged with several more counts of neglect for leaving her children unattended while she attended court.

Along with the charges she incurred in May, Newby has been charged with an additional three counts of contributing to the delinquency or abuse of a child after police discovered the children in a car outside the Henrico County Courthouse on Monday.

Newby had already been hit with abuse charges for leaving her two toddlers, 6 and 1, unattended in a hot car on May 26.

This time, police determined that the children were left alone for at least an hour. Worse, the car windows were rolled all the way up and the doors locked. Temperatures had reached the low 90s on Monday, police noted.

“Had a citizen not alerted us to this, it’s a situation that would’ve turned out much differently,” Henrico Sheriff’s Capt. David Kinkle told CBS 6 in Richmond.

The woman was quickly booked in jail. Her bond was also denied.

The children were placed with their father.

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