WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- - A mom faces child neglect charges after leaving her children in the car at the Palm Beach Outlets.
Mom Erica Brannen will face a judge Sunday morning for her first appearance.
The Department of Children and Families is now investigating the case.
Around 3:47 p.m., police say Brannen left her two children, ages 5 and 1-year-old in the car, while she went inside the mall to take care of personal business.
Police arrested Brannen and charged her with child neglect.
Officers say they were waiting for her by her vehicle while both children were inside with the windows partially rolled down.
Officers say Brannen told them she was only gone for 30 seconds but a detective on scene said that wasn't the case.
Police say they notified the Department of Children and Families (DCF) about the incident, which is standard protocol.