- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck woman has been sentenced for leaving two small children alone in a car while she shoplifted from a Wal-Mart store.

Twenty-four-year-old Dawn Morsette pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony child neglect. The Bismarck Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1LRgi6E ) she was ordered to perform at least 25 hours of community service and ordered to undergo a parenting course. If she violates any conditions she could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Authorities said Morsette left the 3- and 5-year-old children alone in a car with the front windows rolled halfway down for more than half an hour on June 5 while she went into the store. The children were discovered after Morsette was apprehended for shoplifting.

Morsette told the judge she shoplifted because it was her son’s birthday.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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