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Woman charged with leaving toddlers in hot car after chase between MD and PA

Woman charged with leaving toddlers in hot car after chase between MD and PA
Woman charged with leaving toddlers in hot car after chase between MD and PA

BALTIMORE — A woman was arrested after fleeing from police with two young children in her car in western Maryland, crashing in Pennsylvania and leaving the children in the hot vehicle. She allegedly drove while intoxicated.

State police found the two three-year-old boys in the vehicle near the state line. They said, “The vehicle was parked, the windows were down and the doors were locked. The boys were fortunately unharmed.”

Maryland State Police responded to the incident around 1 p.m. on July 9 after the children’s mother – Samantha Cherry, 25, of Confluence, Pennsylvania – left a pawn shop in Garrett County and people were concerned for her well-being.

Police followed her to the state line, about 30 miles north, where Pennsylvania state troopers found the car about two hours later at 3:30 p.m. following a two-vehicle crash in the Markleysburg, Pennsylvania area.

Police found the two toddlers in the car; Cherry had fled the scene before police arrived.

The temperature in western Maryland at the time was 31 degrees and humidity was high, Maryland State Police said.

Cherry was charged by police in Pennsylvania with driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child. She also faces a traffic ticket in Maryland.

Maryland State Police said their air command “prevented a potentially horrific outcome.”

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