July 25--A 30-year-old mother was arrested last week after two children were found locked in a Nissan Rogue parked for about 25 minutes outside the Walmart at 13490 Beach Blvd., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Elena Shavrova was charged with child neglect, according to jail records.
Officers were called to the Southside store about 1:15 p.m. on a report of children locked in a white vehicle, according to the arrest report. The temperature was 91 degrees, and the Nissan was parked in full sun.
Another customer said he noticed the Nissan before he went inside the store, then saw it still there when he returned to his car about 20 to 30 minutes later. When he heard a child crying, he noticed two children in the Nissan. Its windows were closed, doors locked and its engine wasn't running, he told police. He said he was preparing to smash out a window when Shavrova walked up.
Store video surveillance shows the Nissan parked at 12:44 p.m., then Shavrova came back at 1:09 p.m., police said.
The children, whose ages were not released, were checked out by paramedics and released to the custody of someone else, police said.
Every year an average of 37 children die from being locked inside a hot car in the United States, according to Kids and Cars, a national advocate for child safety and car-related dangers. Since 1994, 804 children have died from heat-related illnesses in cars, it said on its website, kidsandcars.org.
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