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RIVERDALE, Ga. – Police say three children were left in a hot car in the parking lot of a Walmart in Clayton County on Thursday.

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According to Riverdale Police Chief Samuel Patterson, the children, ages 8, 5 and a baby about 3 to 4 months old, were left unattended in a vehicle as their father, 26-year-old Lorenzo Nelson, went into the store.

When Nelson returned to the car, police say he tried to hide a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested on child cruelty and marijuana possession charges. He was transported to Clayton County Jail.

The children were examined by first-responders and left in the care of DFCS, according to Patterson. The children's mother came to the scene and wanted to take them, but authorities denied that request until DFCS could assess the situation.

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