North Liberty woman leaves daughters in car

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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Police arrested a North Liberty woman after she allegedly left her young children in a car.

Maggie Smith, 23, was charged March 24 with child endangerment/no injury.

According to a complaint from University Heights police, Smith went into Money and More, 1025 S. Riverside Drive, and left her three daughters in her car, unlocked, without supervision.

A witness told police she had watched the car for 20 minutes while the 1-, 2-, and 4-year-olds cried and screamed in the vehicle before going in the store and asking who the parents were.

The report said the store made an announcement the children were screaming and crying, and Smith did not immediately go to the children until the witness stated she was going to call the police.

The witness told police Smith left the store and screamed at the children before leaving. Officers then stopped the vehicle, and found the three children were improperly restrained in the car.

Child endangerment without injury is an aggressive misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250.

— by Hayley Bruce

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