Marshalltown Woman Charged After Toddler Found in Parking Lot

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By Larry Burkum

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa - A Marshalltown woman is charged with five counts of child endangerment after a toddler was found wandering around a store parking lot.

Police say 26-year-old Ruth Ramirez left five children alone in her vehicle while the wind chill hovered around 3 degrees Tuesday.

A customer called police after seeing a car nearly hit a 2-year-old boy in the lot.

Investigators say they found four other children, all under 6, alone in Ramirez's car.

Police say Ramirez is the mother of only one of the children

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