A central Pennsylvania mother faces charges after leaving her two young children in a car parked with its engine running while she visited a local tanning salon, according to police in Elizabethtown, Pa..
The incident allegedly occurred Saturday when a police officer conducting parking meter enforcement spotted an idling car with a window slightly lowered. As the officer approached the car, he discovered a 6-year-old girl sitting on the center console wearing a soccer uniform and a 10-month-old boy in a child restraint seat in the back of the vehicle, according to the report.
“He asked the girl where her parents were at and the young girl said that her mother was across the street at the tanning salon,” the police report says. “The young girl said that she was not to talk to strangers and began to cry. The officer explained that he was not a stranger and that he was there to help.”
The officer walked across the street to Touch of Class Tanning Too, where he spoke with the receptionist of the tanning salon who proceeded to contact the mother, Krista Mann, who was using one of the tanning beds. Mann was asked to come out to speak to the officer, at which point they returned to the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Mann did not have a driver’s license because it had been suspended in connection with a DUI, according to police.
“Women will often bring their kids in with them and leave them in the lobby while they go tanning,” says Emily Raudensky, an employee at Touch of Class Tanning Too. “It’s not our responsibility to watch those kids, but we don’t allow the kids in the tanning rooms if they are under 18 (under 16 with parental consent).”
Mann is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children, two counts of leaving an unattended child in a motor vehicle and driving under suspension, DUI-related.