Mom to be charged after kids saved from car fire

Posted at 6:14 PM, Nov 30, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-25 18:14:52-05

Police plan to charge the mother of three children who were rescued from a burning car in Pennsylvania after she left them to go shopping inside a Walmart.

Foster Township Police Chief Tom Munn said Sunday that charges will be filed against the 32-year-old woman, possibly as early as Tuesday.

Munn says it's extremely lucky that the children, ages 10, 3 and 2, weren't hurt in the Friday afternoon incident.

He says passers-by in the parking lot rescued the children from the unlocked sport-utility vehicle. He says the 10-year-old had been playing with a lighter and accidentally set some papers alight.

The younger children were strapped into car seats.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, which caused heavy damage to the vehicle's interior.