Mother accused of fighting with police after leaving children in locked car

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Mid-South mother was arrested after allegedly leaving her two young children in a running vehicle and fighting with police after they were called to the scene.

According to police, they discovered two children under the age of seven locked in a 2010 Nissan Sentra at an employment agency on Wednesday.

Their mother Saquina Robinson eventually returned to the vehicle where officers advised she shouldn't leave her kids alone in a locked car.

When she was asked for identification that's when things took a turn, police said. Robinson reportedly refused to cooperate and began swinging her arms at the officer. She had to be physically restrained after she was told she was under arrest.

Tevin Miller says even if Robinson was job hunting, she shouldn't have left her children alone in the car.

"As long as you are out you should have your kids with you," he said. "It's not acceptable. If there is not an adult or guardian then you shouldn't leave them in the car alone."

For Miller, it makes no sense.

WREG reported on the search for 10-month-old Zoe Jordan who was abducted when a thief took off with her mother's unlocked car while she still inside.

"People are getting carjacked and shot at. It's not safe out here. You should keep your kids with you no matter where you go," Miller said.

State Rep. Antonio Parkinson says anything could have happened to the children.

"Parents should be cognizant and not roll the dice on their child's welfare," Parkinson said. "Anything could happen. The child could put the car in gear, hit the reserve and roll into the street."

Robinson was charged with resisting official detention and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle.

Her bond was set at $100 and she has been released from custody.

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