Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Betty Brunson
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Jacksonville, Fla., police arrested a 23-year-old woman who left five children in the car on a 92-degree day while she ran into a business to get a job application.

According to News 4 Jax, Betty Brunson was charged with five counts of child neglect. Police told the news station that her relationship to the children is still unclear because the children are from three different families. One child is 8 years old, and the four other children are younger than 6. 


"It is just so deeply disturbing," John Harrell, spokesman for the Florida Department of Children and Families, told the news station. "We would think that anybody who had a conscience would be very concerned about this."

According to the news station, a passerby noticed the children in the car, which was parked in a store parking lot with the windows rolled down 4 to 6 inches. The witness alerted police, who stayed with the car. Police reportedly checked the time the witness called police for help, along with store security footage, and determined that the children were left unattended in the hot vehicle for some 15 minutes.

Harrell said that DCF is investigating the case. According to the news station, the children did not need medical attention.

Read more at News 4 Jax.

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