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Grandmother Allegedly Left Kids in Car to Go Black Friday Shopping at Walmart

Police say a Scott Township woman left her two young grandchildren in the car to go Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving night.

Scott Township police say a grandmother left her two young grandchildren in the car to go Black Friday shopping in Walmart.

Bridget Bruce, 55, of Scott, was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of children after police said she went shopping at Walmart and left the grandchildren ages 5 and 7, in the car around 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.

Scott police Chief Jim Secreet said he and four other police officers were patrolling the parking lot when he saw the two “well dressed” children walking toward the store without an adult.

“It caught my eye right away,” Secreet said. “They were too young.”

The kids got the attention of a Walmart greeter and asked for help finding their grandmother. Secreet said he walked over and spoke to them before having Bruce hailed using the intercom.

Secreet said she was “evasive” while answering questions and said a relative was supposed to be watching the kids in the car.

The car alarm apparently starting going off, scaring the kids and prompting them to find their grandmother, Secreet said. They apparently had been waiting in the car for about 25 minutes when they decided to leave.

“The lines were so long­–they were to the back of the store–there was no way you’re getting in and out of there,” Secreet said, estimating the line to be 45 minutes to an hour long.

Secreet said the kids appeared to be well taken care of, and the 7-year-old boy seemed to be mature for his age. Still, he had concerns about the children being alone in a bustling parking lot on such a busy shopping night.

“Someone could’ve just scooped those kids right up,” he said.

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Dean Beattie December 01, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Why do people think this is such a good idea? "Oh, i'm just going to run into Walmart real quick and see if I can't grab me a big screen T.V. during Black Friday. How long could it take?" Why, why, are people so damn stupid?
Sandra December 01, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Oh, I am sure the free range people will be all over this. Dumb, dumb, decision.
Jaun December 01, 2012 at 01:00 PM
REASON #45 WHY STORES SHOULD NOT BE OPEN ON THANKSGIVING.
Charleston Charlie December 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Maybe she was afraid they'd get trampled in the rush at the store.
Steelergirl December 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
No excuse for what she did those children should never have been left alone!! People just don't think about what they are doing a deal at Wal-mart is not more important then a child!!!
rose altvater December 02, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Wow, instilling great family values at such a young age...It was Thanksgiving ! Shopping, instead of staying home with family and spending time together ? Watching a movie, playing board games, or just talking. Where are the parents ?? Is this the best these poor kids have ? Dysfunction breeds dysfunction...
Andrew S DeCecco December 03, 2012 at 02:35 AM
I used to work @the North Versailles super Walmart and a grandmother was pickup for shoplifting and didn't inform anyone employees or police officers that her grand kids where in the store. They came up to a help area looking for her and she was gone due to the arrest.
Terry Jones December 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Nice Grandma. Hope you never watch those kids again.
Patti January 09, 2013 at 07:09 PM
I tend to identify more with free range parenting as opposed to helicopter parenting, but I would never consider leaving my children alone in a car, even for a few minutes to "run in and get something real quick."
Patti January 09, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Then don't bring them! Either find a sitter for them or find another day to shop!
Patti January 09, 2013 at 07:11 PM
If that was my mother or mother-in-law, I can GUARANTEE that they would never be watching my kids again!!

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