Truck was air-conditioned, says woman charged with leaving kids

-THE STATE, 21 JUNE 2016, FEAT. MICHELLE DHUNJISHAH:

A Lexington County woman who police say left two children alone in a vehicle Friday afternoon told law enforcement that the truck was running, locked and air conditioned.

The sheriff’s department declined to specify what danger the children were in during the Friday incident when asked by The State on Tuesday.

But when the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department charged Maria Rivas-Velazques, 34, with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child, the deputy cited the heat index – 91 degrees at the time of the incident – in the arrest warrants. The warrants say that placed the children “in a reasonable risk of harm” that could affect their health and safety. <Read More>