Woman charged with leaving three kids in a hot car

A Riverdale mother on July 30 was charged with leaving her three young girls unattended in a vehicle in a Fayetteville parking lot.

Det. Mike Whitlow said Courtney B. Tabor, 33, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of leaving a minor child unattended, a city ordinance violation.

Whitlow said employees at the Michael’s store at Hudson Plaza on North Glynn Street saw the three small children in the back of a van with no adult visible in the vicinity. Two of the children were one year of age while the other was age two, Whitlow added.

Whitlow said the car was running but the air conditioner was not.

Police were subsequently called to the scene, Whitlow said. Once officers in a patrol unit arrived, Tabor approached the vehicle, telling officers she was in the vicinity smoking a cigarette.

Whitlow noted that while Tabor might have been in close proximity, she did not appear to have been focused enough to notice the store’s employees standing by her vehicle.

Whitlow added that, in this particular case, it was not as much a matter of the young children being in a hot car, rather it was the potential for harm or kidnapping that could result from leaving them unattended.