Pair charged with leaving children in running car

East Lyme _ State police arrested a man and woman early Friday night after they say the pair left two young children in a locked running vehicle while they were inside a Flanders Road grocery store for more than 15 minutes.

Elizabeth C. Elliott, 22, of Auburndale, Fla. and Andrew J. Froberg, 30, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, were charged with two counts each of risk of injury to minor, leaving a child unsupervised and first-degree reckless endangerment. They are being held on $20,000 bonds and are slated to appear in New London Superior Court Monday.

Police said that at 7 p.m. they were asked to investigate a report of two children ages 11 months and three years locked in a running vehicle. State police arrived to find the children in car seats in the rear seats. As troopers began to decide how to enter the car, state police said Elliott and Froberg appeared. Froberg told police the car was his and unlocked it. car. State police said the upset children were medically checked by fire department personnel. The state Department of Children and Families responded and assisted in placing the children. State police did not say who the children belonged to.

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