Police: Mom leaves children in car while she drinks at south side bar

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—An Indianapolis mother was arrested Sunday night after police said she left her children in the car while she drank at a south side bar.

Denise Shannon, 26, was arrested on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent and public intoxication.

According to the police report, an anonymous caller reported two children, ages 1 and 9, were left inside a vehicle parked outside John Wayne’s Pub and Eatery. When an officer arrived on the scene, he found the children in the backseat of the unlocked car that had its engine running.

The officer spoke with Shannon, who said she went inside to get a beer. The officer noted he could detect a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Shannon’s breath and body, stated the police report. The officer also reported Shannon’s speech was very slurred.

Shannon admitted to drinking at Chucky Cheese prior to arriving at the bar. A test indicated Shannon had a BAC level of .13.

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