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BELMONT, N.C.-- Police say a baby sitter has been arrested after she left three young children in a running van at a Wal-Mart while she spoke to a man about buying a car.

Authorities told The Gaston Gazette that two people in the parking lot reported seeing children screaming and crying in the van with no adult around Friday.

Police say they found a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 7-month-old child in the van, which was unlocked and running with the air conditioner on and a DVD playing. Officers say the children's babysitter, 24-year-old Anna Conley, told them she was one row away in the lot talking about buying a car.

Conley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

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