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Pa. woman charged with leaving kids in car pleads guilty

January 02, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg woman charged with leaving her four children unattended in a minivan in August while at the Chambersburg Mall pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County Court to recklessly endangering another person.

Elizabeth A. Miller, 26, of 1925 Philadelphia Ave., also pleaded guilty to two counts of driving under the influence in different cases, said Assistant Public Defender Paul Rockwell. All of the charges were filed between Aug. 14 and Sept. 18, according to court records.

On Aug. 14, Miller was charged with driving under the influence after striking a utility pole near her house, Pennsylvania State Police said.

On Aug. 23, police charged her with four counts each of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person, along with resisting arrest, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

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Police said Miller left her four sons, ages 18 months to 6 years, in the minivan while she was in the mall. Police went to the mall after getting a call about a disorderly person in the parking lot. When police arrived she was being escorted by mall security and looking for her vehicle.

Police said Miller had been at two bars, leaving her children in the van. At the mall, police said, she forgot where she parked the van. Police found the van unlocked, but with the windows up.

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