- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia police say a couple left their two toddlers alone in a cold car as they attended a wine-tasting at an upscale restaurant.

Christopher Lucas and Jennie Chang had been charged with cruelty after police found their 1- and 2-year-old children in a locked vehicle Saturday afternoon in northwest Washington. The couple pleaded not guilty Monday to reduced charges of child neglect.

The couple’s children are with family services, and their parents have been ordered to stay away from them.

Police say the couple said they left a cellphone in the car to monitor the children as they attended a wine tasting. Police say a restaurant manager said the couple was inside for more than an hour.

No attorneys are listed for the couple in online court records.

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