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Got milk? If I don’t — can I leave my kids in the car to get some?

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Q: Is it illegal to leave my kids in the car while I run quick errands like picking up a package at the post office or grabbing milk at a store? — John

A: Actually, if they’re older kids and responsible, 10, 11, 12, 13 years old and you’re going to run into the store for a minute and grab something, fine, but kids that can’t help themselves, like pets, that are in infant seats, car seats or too small or can get in trouble because of the heat or get a car loose and rolling, that’s when you have a problem, so it all comes down to who you’re leaving in the car, little infants and kids, no, somebody’s going to call the police and we’re going to come get them out. If you’re leaving older kids in there that are responsible at 9, 10, 11 you’re probably going to be ok.” — Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer

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