When the Joliet mom left her two children alone in the icy cold for 45 minutes last week, police discovered a loaded pistol beneath the front seat of her car.
Kadesha Clark, 29, is the subject of two charges of endangering the life of a child and one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
At 5:10 p.m. on Friday, Joliet police officers were dispatched to the Target store parking lot at 2701 Plainfield Road in response to a report of a child left unaccompanied in a Nissan Sentra.
When the cops came, a two-year-old child was in the front seat of the Nissan with the window down. An eight-year-old child was lying on the backseat floorboard.
The car was dead on arrival, and the children had no adult companions. The police reported that the ambient temperature was about 9 degrees with a windchill of -10 degrees. Officers placed both kids in protective custody and got them into a squad car to get warm.
Police Found A Loaded Gun
About fifteen minutes later, the boys’ mother, Kadesha Clark, came up to the Nissan with some stuff she had bought at Target. Officers found the boys had been left alone in the car for around 45 minutes, despite Clark’s claim that she thought she had left it running.
When one of the boys told the police that there could be a pistol under the driver’s seat and their mother gave permission for the car to be inspected, the police found a loaded revolver.
The police claimed that Clark lacked a Firearm Owners Identification card and a concealed carry license. The children were released to family members following the officers’ communication with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.