Police Charge Woman For Leaving Kids in Car

The woman police say left five children, including two infants, inside an SUV in Port Richmond on one of the hottest days of the summer is now facing multiple charges. 

Karin Thompson, an in-home daycare operator, is charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and five counts of recklessly endangering another person after authorities say she left five kids in an unlocked SUV with the air conditioner on for more than 20 minutes in a ShopRite parking lot late Tuesday morning.

A witness who parked next to the SUV heard some of the children crying and notified police immediately.

Thompson was found in the store and taken into custody.

The children, ranging in age from 6 months to 9 years, were transported to St. Christopher’s Hospital where they were evaluated and released to their parents. 

A check of Thompson's records from the State Department of Public Welfare show no violations and no complaints.

“She is a very trustworthy individual,” Shannon Black, mother of the youngest child said. “And I’m proud to trust my kids in her hands.”

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