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ROCKHILL, S.C. -- A Rock Hill mom will have to deal with DSS after police say she left her three young kids in the car while she ran into the grocery store Monday.

Just before 3 p.m. on Monday, Rock Hill Police were called to the Food Lion in the 1200 block of East Main Street on reports of children left in a car in the parking lot.

When police arrived, they found a white Honda Accord left running, parked in the fire lane in front of the store. Police say three small children, ages 1, 2 and 3, were in the back sleeping.

The children's mother, 27-year-old Jennifer Milem, had just walked out of the store. Milem told police she was inside the Food Lion for just a few minutes, and that her friend was parked in the car behind her watching the kids. Further, Milem told police she was at the store picking up medicine for her 1-year-old's hand after he burned himself while climbing up onto a hot stove.

Police say the car's air conditioning was running and that the vehicle was left unlocked. Additionally, police noticed a small wood black placed in front of one of the tires. Milem told officers that her emergency brake was broken, and since the vehicle was a standard, the wooden block prevented the car from rolling away.

Rock Hill Police cited Milem for failing to secure the child restraint, as they say the child in the middle seat had no seat belt securing the car seat.

According to the police report, the children were covered in dirt; more dirt than is normal for most children .

Milem was cited for cruelty to children.

Police say the case will be referred to DSSfor investigation.

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