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Report: Parents arrested after two young children found in hot car

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Tabitha Griffin  (courtesy: Lancaster County Sheriff's Office) Tabitha Griffin (courtesy: Lancaster County Sheriff's Office)
Jonathan Jones (courtesy: Lancaster County Sheriff's Office) Jonathan Jones (courtesy: Lancaster County Sheriff's Office)
LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) -

A man and woman from Lancaster were charged after police found two young children inside a hot car in the Walmart parking lot.

According to a Lancaster Police report, officers were called to Walmart around 6:10 p.m. on Wednesday night to the report of children inside a car.

When officers found the children, a 7-year-old and an 8-year-old, they were in the backseat of the car, with the windows rolled down about half way.

According to the report, it was about 90-degrees outside and the officer offered to let the children come into his vehicle to sit in air conditioning to cool off.

The children said they had been in the vehicle about 20 minutes and the 8-year-old said his foot was injured, which is why his parents were inside Walmart.

That was when 28-year-old Tabitha Ann Griffin and 30-year-old Jonathan Samuel Jones came back to their car. 

The officer asked how long they'd been inside and Griffin said they'd been inside for about ten minutes getting medication for her son's foot.

Surveillance video shows the couple was inside Walmart for 22 minutes.

According to the report, the officer then filed an arrest warrant and Griffin and Jones later turned themselves in to police.

Police are now saying heat wasn't the only deciding factor in charging the parents and the situation could have been a lot worse.

"You also have to think about leaving a 7 and 8 year old unsupervised in an area like a big parking lot where they can be susceptible to things like predators and things of that nature," said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.

As of Thursday morning, Griffin was released from the Lancaster County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Jones was being held on an addition, but separate charge.

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