A woman in Cookeville was cited to court on Monday for leaving her two children inside the car while she went shopping.
According to The Herald Citizen, the incident occurred around 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart located on South Jefferson Avenue.
Police told the newspaper that they were dispatched to the parking lot because “a child was being left unattended in a vehicle”.
When police arrived, they saw two small children in the back of a Nissan Xterra. The vehicle's engine was running in front of the garden center at Walmart.
Police waited for 21-year-old Alinda Conlan to return to her vehicle for 15 minutes.
According to reports, Conlan stated that she didn't know it was illegal to leave children unattended inside a vehicle and that she only needed to go inside for a few minutes.
She also told them that she left the car running so the air conditioning would remain on and the children “didn't get hot”.
The newspaper stated that the children were 8-years-old and 7-months-old.
The young mother is due in court July 22.
The Herald Citizen contributed to this story.