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Mom accused of leaving 2 kids in car with AC running to go shopping

Marina Garcia Lobato (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – A Phoenix mother faces child abuse charges after allegedly leaving two of her small children in a locked vehicle with the air conditioning running while she went shopping last week at a Glendale mall.

Marina Garcia Lobato, 29, was booked Friday on two charges of reckless abuse of a vulnerable child after the incident at Arrowhead Towne Center, according to court documents.

Security staff for the outdoor mall at Bell Road and 75th Avenue reported to police around 6:30 p.m. that the kids were in the vehicle for more than an hour.

The Glendale Fire Department was called and broke a window to get the crying children, ages 1 and 3, out.

Police found the mother’s phone number in the vehicle and called her.

She came out along with a 5-year-old child she’d taken shopping, police said.

She told police the younger children had been sleeping when they got to the mall and she didn’t want to wake them, according to the probable cause statement.

A status conference was scheduled for Sept. 20, with a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 27.

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