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Grand Island woman arrested after children found inside car

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. - A Grand Island woman was arrested on Thursday after her children were found in her car while she was inside a store shopping.

Authorities say the car was not running and had one window slightly open. Grand Island Police say the outside temperature was 99 degrees when a three-year-old boy and one-year-old girl were found in the car.

28-year-old Nayade Sardinas Cue, of Grand Island, was taken into custody at the scene. She was arrested on two counts of child abuse.

Police were alerted to the situation by a passer-by shortly after 2:00 p.m. Thursday. They said they were able to determine the woman had been away from the car for at least 26 minutes. 

The kids were taken to the emergency room for medical evaluation. After being medically cleared, they were released to their father.

According to a AAA, on average 39 children die per year in the U.S. from heatstroke in a car.