Woman charged after two kids left in a hot car in a Florence Sam’s Club parking lot

Woman charged after two kids left in a hot car in a Florence Sam’s Club parking lot

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – One woman is facing charges after two children were found inside a hot vehicle at the Sam’s Club located on Beltline Drive Wednesday afternoon, according to police.

A press release from the Florence Police Department states Maya Salters, the children’s family member, is charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child. She was taken to the Florence County Detention Center.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police were called to the Sam’s Club and found the two children alone in the vehicle, the release stated. Salters later returned to the car.

Police were called to a Florence Sam's Club Wednesday afternoon after getting a report of two kids left in a hot car.
Police were called to a Florence Sam's Club Wednesday afternoon after getting a report of two kids left in a hot car. (Source: WMBF News)

Florence Police Lt. Mike Brandt said the children were evaluated on scene by EMS and were in good condition. They were then released to their mother.

“When we patrol we are intentionally looking in our surroundings. We encourage people to be aware and slow down their pace of the day to day life," Brandt said.

This is the third time in over a week Florence officers have responded to reports of children left alone in hot cars.

On Tuesday, Florence officers were called to the Walmart on South Irby Street after children were found left inside a hot vehicle.

Just last week, a Florence County deputy had to break a window to save a one-year-old child that was inside a hot car at the same Walmart on Irby Street.

Across the country, 19 children have died in hot cars so far in 2019, according to information from NoHeatStroke.org.

In 2018, 7-month-old Dean Emerson Coward died after being left in a hot car in Florence, one of six such deaths recorded across South Carolina last year.

Salters is set to appear in court at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

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