WASHINGTON, D.C. — The parents of two small children pleaded not guilty to an attempted cruelty charge Monday after police say they left their toddlers in a cold vehicle while they attended a wine tasting.
According to ABC News, Christopher Lucas, 41, and Jennie Chang, 46, were arrested Saturday after police were called to check on two children left unattended in a car outside an upscale restaurant in Washinton, D.C.
Police said the vehicle was not running. The temperature outside was in the low 30s.
ABC News reported that court documents showed a 22-month-old boy and two-and-a-half-year-old girl were inside the vehicle. Both were wearing coats but neither had a hat or gloves. The girl was said to be crying hysterically.
The children are in the custody of D.C. Family and Child Services. The parents have been ordered to stay away from the children.
They will return to court in about two weeks. If found guilty, they face a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 10 years behind bars.