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Police: mother tanned while children were alone in car

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Krista Mann (via Facebook) Krista Mann (via Facebook)
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police said they filed child endangerment and other charges against a woman who left her six-year-old daughter and her 10-month-old son alone in a running car while she went to a tanning salon.

Krista Mann also faces counts of leaving an unattended child in a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license, according to Elizabethtown police.

Police said Mann's car was parked at an expired parking meter when an officer approached it Saturday morning in the first block of E. Park Street.

The vehicle was idling and the driver's window was down about an inch, the six-year-old was sitting on the console, and the infant was restrained in a rear car seat, police said.

The girl told the officer that her mother was in a tanning salon across the street, and the officer found Mann using one of the tanning beds, police said.

"It's totally irresponsible," salon employee Emily Raudensky said. "Especially because it was a running car -- anyone could have stolen that car (with the children inside)."

"It's a sad sign of the times when people care more about how they look than the well-being of their children," salon customer Adam Witman said.

Mann is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of leaving a child in an unattended vehicle and driving on a DUI suspended license. She did not respond to a request for comment by abc27 News Tuesday evening.

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