Two babies left in freezing car by wine tasting couple

February 4, 2015 7:02 pm

A couple allegedly left their two toddlers marooned in a car and
strapped into their seats in near-freezing temperatures while attending a
wine-tasting event in an upmarket Washington restaurant, US police
Jennie Chang, 46 – who works for the US Food and Drug
Administration – and Christopher Lucas, 41, were arrested Saturday and
charged with attempted child cruelty after someone saw the small
children alone in the car and called police.
An officer looked into the Volvo and saw the youngsters, aged 22 months and 2.5 years, strapped into their seats.

children were wearing coats, but neither were wearing gloves or hats.
One of the children, a small girl, was hysterically crying,” a police
report said, noting the temperature was about 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7

As police figured out how to get into the locked car, Lucas
emerged from the restaurant and told officers that he had been
monitoring the children via an iPhone.
The call had been connected for 58 minutes, police said.
The Washington Post reported that the parents live in an expensive neighborhood not far from the restaurant.
documents reviewed by the Post state that Lucas, a software engineer,
is originally from France and Chang works for the US Food and Drug
The children, who were not physically harmed,
were placed in protective custody and the parents jailed until they
appeared before a judge Monday, when they pleaded not guilty and were
The parents were barred from seeing their young children before their next court date on February 18.

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