Police: School board member left kids in car during meeting

September 9, 2021 GMT

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A school board member in South Carolina left her two young grandchildren locked in her car as she rushed into a meeting, asking a security officer with the district to watch them.

Deputies are investigating whether Dorchester District 2 school board member Barbara Crosby broke any laws on Sept. 1 by leaving the children in the car locked with the engine running.

The security officer told Crosby she couldn’t leave the children in the car, but she went into the board meeting anyway, according to a police report released to media outlets.

The officer wanted to break into the car to get the 4-year-old and 9-year-old out, but a supervisor convinced one of the children to unlock the door, police said.

They offered to let the children go inside the building, but the older one said they had been exposed to COVID-19 and their mother was coming to get them, investigators said.

The mother arrived about 20 minutes later, according to the police report.