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Va. Man Arrested for Leaving Children in Car Unattended

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BERLIN, Md.– A Virginia man is awaiting trial after Berlin police say he left two children unattended in a vehicle while grocery shopping.

According to the Berlin Police Department, Mark Masci of Newport News was arrested Friday and later released. Officers said they were dispatched to the parking lot of the Food Lion on Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin on Friday for a report of children inside an unattended vehicle.

Police said when officers arrived on the scene, they discovered the vehicle unlocked and with the engine running. They said inside the vehicle were a 10-year-old and a 3-year-old girl with special needs. Police said the investigation revealed their father, Masci, was shopping in Food Lion and had been for a while. Police said Food Lion employees asked him to return to his vehicle, where officers arrested him for leaving a child under 8-years-old unattended inside a motor vehicle without supervision by someone over 13-years-old.

According to police, the Worcester County Department of Social Services took temporary custody of the children while waiting for their mother to arrive from Pennsylvania.

As a reminder, leaving vehicles unlocked and unattended increases the chances for vehicle theft and, in this case, movement of the vehicle by a child.  Children and animals should not be left unattended in a vehicle due to concerns of heat. 

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