FAIRFIELD, Conn. - An off-duty Fairfield firefighter called police Wednesday afternoon after spotting two children sitting in a car left running in front of the Bob's Store on the Post Road, police said.
The firefighter had observed the running car, with the children inside, parked in the fire lane at the front of the store for several minutes before contacting police, the report said. The firefighter said he assumed a parent would be coming out of the store soon, police said.
Officers arrived and opened the door to the unlocked minivan, police said. They found two children, a 2- and 4-year-old, sitting in the air-conditioned vehicle with a video playing, police said.
Officers told the children that everything was all right, police said. Some time later, the mother, identified as 37-year-old Jennifer Ranney of Fairfield, came out of the store, police said.
When asked why she had left her children in car, Ranney told officers that she was in constant view of the car and her children, police said. She said she had gone into the store only to purchase items that she had previously left in there, police said.
Ranney was charged with leaving a child under 12-years-old unsupervised and released on a written promise to appear in court on June 30.