ROCHESTER (KDKA) – A Beaver County woman is facing a trial after allegedly leaving her two children alone in a parking lot outside of a store.
The kids, ages 4 and 6, were seen playing alone on the merry-go-round while police say their mother was inside the Rochester Kmart; she was allegedly under the influence and stealing merchandise.
Shoppers and employees are pretty upset.
“Anything could happen. They could get picked up, hit by a car,” said Merrianne Hoopes, a store employee.
“How could you leave your kids? This society’s bad, it’s really bad,” added Ron Amadio, of Center Township.
The mother is identified as 24-year-old Lyndsey Veitz of New Brighton.
She’s charged with endangering the welfare of children, retail theft, possession of a controlled substance, and public drunkenness for the Aug. 8 incident.
When KDKA stopped by her apartment, she was out on $1,500 bail and her two kids were still with her. But Veitz didn’t want to talk.
KDKA’s Paul Martino: “It doesn’t sound too good. We wanted to get your side of the story. Can I see you for one minute?
Veitz told us through the door that the charges aren’t true and her kids are fine.
She goes to trial in January.
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