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Bismarck woman accused of leaving 3- and 5-year-old children alone in car while shoplifting

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — A 23-year-old Bismarck woman is accused of leaving two small children alone in a car while she shoplifted from a Wal-Mart store.

Authorities allege Dawn Morsette left the 3- and 5-year-old children alone in a car with the front windows rolled halfway down for more than half an hour on Friday while she went into the store. The children were discovered after Morsette was apprehended for shoplifting.

Morsette faces a felony child neglect charge in state court that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Court documents do not list an attorney for her, and a home telephone listing couldn't be found.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Morsette pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge in municipal court and was sentenced to three days in jail.

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