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Mother charged as 3-year-old left in running car

WARREN – A Warren woman was charged with child endangering after police said she left her 3-year-old girl in a running vehicle parked outside the Giant Eagle on Mahoning Avenue NW.

And, a later check revealed two other children were left alone, police reported. The incident occurred Tuesday.

Meshia Spencer, 29, of 2304 Stewart Drive NW, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Municipal Judge Terry F. Ivanchak released Spencer on a personal recognizance bond and ordered she have no unsupervised contact with children unless approved by the Trumbull County Children Services agency. Ivanchak set a hearing for 10:15 a.m. Oct. 27.

While police officers were in the grocery store about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a police report states a customer alerted them there was a child in a vehicle in the parking lot.

Officers observed a woman get into the white vehicle with the child sitting in a car seat holding a phone in her hand.

The woman admitted to leaving the child in the car with the engine running, but she told officers the girl was on the phone with her father. After a short discussion, Spencer was taken into custody.

Children Services was called to handle custody matters for the child.

During the investigation, the report states, it was learned there were two other children left alone at the womanás home. A neighbor was authorized by Children Services to take care of the three children, the report states.

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