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Phoenix woman accused of leaving her 3 kids in car to shop

Posted: 8:05 AM, Oct 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-30 14:05:35Z

A Phoenix woman has been arrested for allegedly leaving her three young children in an unattended, running car while she shopped at Scottsdale mall.
    

Scottsdale police say 24-year-old Artisha Sheri Dates is facing three counts of child abuse.
    
According to court documents, Dates left her kids in a car at the Scottsdale's Fashion Square parking lot for a half hour while she shopped around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
    
During that time, bystanders in the parking garage told police that the children were seen playing with the car's gear shifter and power windows.
    
The children are ages 2, 3 and 4.
    
Court documents show that Dates later told police she wanted to go shopping for her boyfriend with her cousin.
    
It was unclear Monday if Dates has a lawyer yet.