Three young children were sweating and lethargic when police in Rochester helped them out of the car their mother left them in while making a court appearance, according to Rochester Police Department.
The kids, ages 1,3 and 4 years old, were found inside a car with the windows up around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The car was parked outside at the Olmsted County Government Center parking lot, where their mother was attending a court appearance, police said.
All three children were taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic-St. Marys hospital where they were treated, then transferred to social services.
Their mother was held at the government center after her court appearance due to a warrant in Ramsey County, though instead of telling authorities that her children were waiting outside in a car, she said they were being taken care of in the Twin Cities, according to police.
The woman was taken into custody just before 3 p.m., and the kids were found approximately 2 1/2 hours later because the car alarm was going off.