Fayetteville woman charged after leaving 3 young children in running car

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A 23-year-old woman is facing child neglect charges after the left three children — ages 1, 2, and 3 — in a running car while she was filling out paperwork inside the Cumberland County Courthouse.

A press release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Brianna Stewart went into the courthouse at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. She was inside for about 20 minutes, leaving the three children in the running car.

During that time, the 3-year-old got out of the car and walked across Dick Street, which the sheriff’s office described as a high-traffic area. The child walked into the courthouse looking for Stewart, the release said.

Deputies found the vehicle in the parking lot with the other two children still inside. The 1-year-old didn’t have pants on and his diaper was soaked in urine. Neither child had a car seat, the release said.

Stewart is charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child neglect. She was booked into the Cumberland County Detention Center and given a $3,000 bond.

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