Two children left in hot car

The Memphis Police Department  is investigating after to children were left in a hot, parked car at the Gateway Shopping Center on Jackson Avenue.

Witnesses said the children, identified as five-year-old twins, were extremely dehydrated.  The children were transported to LeBonheur where they were listed in non-critical condition.

The children's mother was believed to be visiting the Department of Human Services.  A person passed by her car and noticed the children inside the car.  Police estimate the children were in the car for nearly a half an hour, and would have been in danger of death had they spent much longer in the car.

Police took woman who they believed left the children in the car away from the scene.  She was later released and joined the children at the hospital.  Police have not said whether the the woman will be charged.

Memphis has a history of children being left inside hot cars.  Eight-month-old Mia McKim died in 2004 after being left in a car for about two hours.  Bartlett authorities believed her father forgot to take her out of his car when he arrived for work.

In 2003, two-year-old Amber Cox Cody died after being forgotten for 8 hours in a daycare van at the Children's Rainbow Learning Center.

In July, 1999, investigators found two children dead inside two separate day care vans.  22-month-old Darnecia Slater died outside the Children's Palace Learning Center on Chelsea.  Two-year-old Brandon Mann died at the Pee Wee Wisdom Learning Center on Millbranch.

In June, 1997, 4-month-old Destiny Williams was found dead in a day care van, after being left inside for two hours.  Her bus driver pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and served a year in jail.