Police: NC Woman Leaves Child In Car, Goes To Bar

A Morrisville woman is in jail after police say she left her 4-year-old child in a car for about an hour while she went drinking inside a bar.

Raleigh police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan says 28-year-old Kimberly Ehlers is charged with one count of misdemeanor child abuse.

Police said Ehlers parked the vehicle in downtown Raleigh behind a restaurant and bar Thursday night, left the little girl in the vehicle and went to a nearby bar to drink. Hourigan said employees of the restaurant saw the child in the vehicle and called police.

Hourigan said Ehlers registered a breath-alcohol level of 0.18, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Ehlers is in the Wake County jail under $3,000 bail. It wasn't immediately clear on Friday if she had an attorney.

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