A Hillsboro mother left her young children unattended at a Cornelius park Saturday while she acquired a new tattoo for herself, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies. She was arrested and charged with several crimes.
Deputies serving the city of Cornelius responded to a 911 call at Harleman Park at 5:36 p.m. Saturday after being told a family found two children unattended in a public bathroom in the park. They found two children, ages three and eight, unsupervised. The children had reportedly been dropped off at the park by their mother, 28 year-old Ana Lisa Lara from Hillsboro, while she went to a local tattoo parlor.
"The children were frightened when it began to rain and hid in the park bathroom," said Sgt. Bob Ray, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.
Lara returned to the park to pick her children up at 6 p.m. Sheriff's deputies believe she left her children unattended for at least an hour so she could obtain a new tattoo.
Lara was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail. She was charged with two counts each of Criminal Mistreatment in the first degree, Recklessly Endangering another Person and Child Neglect in the second degree. She was being held on $10,000 bail. The children were placed in the care of a family member.