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Parents Accused of Leaving Kids in Car Arrested Again

A couple that left their three young children in a car while they allegedly shoplifted at a Lauderdale Lakes Walmart was taken back into custody by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday to face more charges.

Gerald Moultrie and Tosheba Hope were facing grand theft charges for the shoplifting on Monday. They were picked back up again Wednesday just after a dependency hearing for the three children that were left in the car at Walmart.

During Wednesday’s hearing, custody of the three children was given to the father of the two oldest children. A home study is also expected to be competed to find a home to place the youngest child.

According to the BSO, the couple left their three young children - ages 2, 5 and 7 - in a parked car outside the WalMart at 3001 N. State Road 7 when they were arrested for theft around 7 p.m. But, the couple left out one key detail.

“They failed to tell the deputy that they had three young children waiting for them in the parking lot of Walmart,” said Gina Carter of the BSO.

Walmart employees eventually found the kids in the car. The children were said to be upset, but not physically injured. In bond court Tuesday, Tosheba told the judge that she is currently pregnant.

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