Woman arrested after leaving children in car

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A Campbellsville woman was arrested and charged with DUI and other crimes after she allegedly left two children inside a vehicle.

Angela N. Cox, 34, of 34 Jayne Ave., was arrested last Wednesday at 1:13 a.m.

According to Cox's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police Officer Jacob Hedgespeth responded to a complaint at Walmart parking lot of two young children being left unattended inside a car.

After making contact with the children, Hedgespeth wrote, who are ages 2 and 7, he noticed their faces were red and flushed and the younger child was distraught. The older child told Hedgespeth she didn't know how long they had been inside the vehicle.

After Cox was paged to return to her vehicle, Hedgespeth wrote, he noticed her speech was slurred and she had trouble answering questions.

Cox failed several field sobriety tests and Hedgespeth found four pills in her purse. He also found a clear wrapper containing 12 pills inside the vehicle, records state.

Records state Hedgespeth was able to determine that Cox entered Walmart at 11:26 p.m. and left at 12:18 a.m., after she was paged. The temperature at the time, he wrote, was 71 degrees.

Cox was charged with DUI, three counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, having a prescription controlled substance not in its original container and two counts of second-degree wanton endangerment. The wanton endangerment charges were later amended to first-degree offenses.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges in Taylor District Court last Wednesday. She was ordered to report to pretrial services staff members once a week and to not consume any alcohol or illegal drugs.

Cox is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday, July 16.