Grandmother cited for leaving children alone in car

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ATLANTA —

A grandmother is facing charges after police say she left two children in a hot car.

The incident took place at Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry early Monday morning.

A concerned shopper spotted the children in the car and called police. Police cited the grandmother, Denise Wood, and charged her with reckless conduct.

Police said the children, ages five and three, were in the car with the windows down and the doors unlocked. There was a car seat in the vehicle that was not properly secured and police say Wood told them she left it unattached so if she was not back to the car in time, the child could get out.  

The officer who responded said the little boy in the car complained he felt hot so they put him in an air-conditioned patrol car.

Police reports indicate that the grandmother said she had only been running an errand in the store for a few minutes and didn’t seem to understand the possible consequences of her actions.

Police say the children have been checked out and are doing fine.