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Grandmother charged after leaving children in hot truck

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis grandmother is in jail, charged with leaving her grandchildren in a hot SUV.

Police were called to the Real Value Inn in the 3800 block of Lamar Avenue when witnesses say a 1-year-old, 2-year-old and a 10-year-old were locked in a car for hours.

Sharunda McDowell is angry just thinking about the three young children after she and a co-worker discovered the 2002 Dodge Ram parked in the fire lane at the hotel.

The women say they were in the truck for hours until 8:30 when the employees got them out and brought them inside.

“They had used the restroom on themselves,” employee Dominique McKay said. “They were dehydrated. We gave them something to eat and some clothes to put on. They had messed up their clothes, all three of them.”

WMC Action News 5 Meteorologist Ron Childers says the temperature averaged 90 degrees when the children were inside the truck, and it would have been even hotter inside.

"Grandma showed up at 10:30 said somebody was out here watching them," McDowell said.

Nekesha Wilkins told investigators she left the kids in the car while she got something to eat, and an adult was supposed to be watching them.

The women say they never saw anyone.

Wilkins told police her house burned down two months ago and she and the children have been living in the truck. The two employees say they did not see any evidence that anyone had been living in the truck.

Wilkins is charged with two counts of child abuse and neglect.

The children were turned over to relatives.

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