4 kids left in car, mom charged with reckless actions

ATLANTA -- A mother of four is under arrest after leaving her kids in the car to go grocery shopping.

Charnae Mosley, 28, is charged with four counts of reckless behavior. She had her first court appearance Tuesday at 9 a.m., where her bond was set at $8,000 under the condition she have no contact with her children.

This is different than other so-called hot car cases because Mosley left the windows of her SUV open, but police say her actions were still incredibly dangerous.

"The most important thing is that the children are okay, they're with their grandmother," said Atlanta Police Department Public Information Officer Greg Lyon.

Crying, and still in their car seats, the children were driven away by their grandmother Monday night. The Department of Family and Child Services spoke to their family and police before letting them go.

"It's the South, it's summertime, it's hot, it's humid. Whether it's animal, family pet, of course your child, don't leave them unattended in a vehicle," Lyon said.

Police said Mosley was shopping inside Kroger for 16 minutes when a Good Samaritan spotted the kids.

EMS came to check the kids out, and while they are okay, Lyon said everyone's lucky this didn't end differently.

"So many bad things could have happened, we can't stress enough, parents, find someone to watch your children or bring them inside with you. Find a way to bring them inside," he said.

The grandmother of the children told 11Alive News their mother is a good person who made a bad decision.


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