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Regina Marie Coleman charged with child neglect

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(WJLA) - A mother is accused of leaving her young daughters inside a cold car while she got her makeup done inside a department store at a Waldorf shopping mall.

Photo: Charles County Sheriff's Office

Officers responded Tuesday evening to the St. Charles Towne Center after a citizen reported the sounds of children crying coming from inside a car parked outside a department store. 

Two girls, ages 6 and 3, were found to be wearing heavy coats but told officers they were cold. Officers noted the outside temperature to be about 16 degrees.

The girls' mother, Regina Marie Coleman, 28, later claimed she had been inside the mal for about 10 minutes looking for her wallet. Officers noted inconsistencies in her story and learned Coleman had been inside the department store for over 90 minutes, sitting at a makeup counter having her makeup done. Her wallet was located inside her purse. 

Coleman was arrested and charged with child neglect. The children are in the custody of relatives. 

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