Wilmington Children Left In Cold Car; Mother Charged

Police say a mother in Wilmington left her two young children in the car late Wednesday night without any heat.

Amy Smith is charged with misdemeanor child abuse after officers found her 3 month old and 4 year old children in her car. A security guard at the Motel 6 called authorities, then took the children to the motel office. The children were transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center and later taken into Department of Social Services custody.

The National Weather Service says at the time it was 24 degrees in Wilmington.

Wilmington police say the mother was eventually found walking near the motel on Market Street. Smith is currently in the New Hanover County jail under a $1200 bond.

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