An 81-year-old grandmother was jailed after two children and a dog were left in a locked car at Walmart in West Ashley for nearly an hour in Wednesday's sweltering heat, police said.
Charleston police were called to the Bees Ferry Road store at 6:27 p.m., police spokesman Charles Francis said. An employee had seen two children in a car parked near the front entrance. The children were crying, Francis said.
A 6-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy and a dog were in the car, Francis said. The keys were inside and the windows were rolled up.
"When the police got there, the kids were already out of the car," Francis said. The employee had encouraged the children to open the car, he said. Once the car was open, the children were taken inside the store until police arrived.
The two children were taken to Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital to be evaluated, Francis said. They were later released to a family member. The dog was released to a family friend, Francis said.