JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- A woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Office Depot on Dunn Avenue after a witness saw five small children left alone in a car.

Police arrested Betty Brunson, 23, after reviewing surveillance video inside the store that allegedly revealed Brunson had been inside for at least 15 minutes. Brunson allegedly told police she left the children in the car for about 10 minutes to make a copy of application for a job inside the Office Depot.

The police report says that five small children were inside the car, the car was not running and the windows were rolled down approximately 4 to 6 inches. The report says the temperature outside was about 92 degrees.

John Harrell with the Department of Children and Families says they are investigating the incident. Harrell says DCF is extremely concerned about 10 incidents of children left in hot cars have occurred this year in Northeast Florida.

Harrell says the five children ranging in ages from under a year old to 8 years old. Four out of the five are under age 6.

He says the children are from three different families and right now DCF is working to confirm the relationships between the children and Brunson.

She is charged with child neglect.


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