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Mom leaves kids in running car to go tanning, police say

A Pennsylvania woman is accused of leaving her two young children in a car parked with its engine running while she went to a tanning salon, NBC station WGAL reports.

The incident occurred Saturday morning in Elizabethtown, WGAL said. Police said an officer spotted an idling car along a street and found a 6-year-old girl and 10-month-old boy were inside.

"He asked the girl where her parents were at and the young girl said that her mother was across the street at the tanning salon. As he spoke to the young girl, he also observed an infant in a child restraint seat in the rear seat area. The young girl said that she was not to talk to strangers and began to cry. The officer explained that he was not a stranger and that he was there to help," according to a police news release cited by WGAL.

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The officer found the mother, Krista Mann, in the salon and discovered that her license was suspended in connection with DUI, police said.

Mann is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children, two counts of leaving an unattended child in a motor vehicle and driving under suspension, DUI-related.

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