Mom charged after kids left in car

Elizabeth Bell

Elizabeth Bell

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Deputies arrested a Lilburn mother on reckless conduct charges Thursday for leaving her children in a poorly ventilated car as she paid a traffic ticket, officials said.

A Division of Family and Children Services employee reported seeing two small children left unattended in a black Lexus sedan at the Gwinnett County Court Annex Building in Lawrenceville.

A Sheriff's Department deputy responded and found children ages 2 and seven weeks in the locked vehicle that wasn't running, one window rolled down about two inches, officials said.

Deputies located the mother, Elizabeth Bell, 25, in the building paying the citation. She reportedly told deputies she'd been inside about 30 minutes.

"(Bell) further stated that she had no gas and the children were sleeping, so she didn't want to disturb them," a Sheriff's Department press release states.

No injuries were reported, and the children were released to Bell's sister, authorities said.

Deputies arrested Bell on two counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct. She was released from the Gwinnett County Jail on $2,400 bond later Thursday.