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Woman Charged with Neglect after 2 Children Die

This photo released Thursday, March 17, 2005,  by the California Department of Corrections shows Scott Peterson during the intake process at San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi on Wednesday accepted the jury's recommendation that Peterson be sentenced to death, calling the killing of Laci Peterson and her fetus

This photo released Thursday, March 17, 2005, by the California Department of Corrections shows Scott Peterson during the intake process at San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi on Wednesday accepted the jury's recommendation that Peterson be sentenced to death, calling the killing of Laci Peterson and her fetus "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous." (AP Photo/California Department of Correction)

June 1, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Prince George County woman is being held without bond after the deaths of her two children.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that 22-year-old Brittney Downing was arraigned on felony child neglect charges Friday in Henrico Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Prosecutor Shannon Taylor said Downing's 3-month-old daughter, Jade, and 20-month-old son, Jelani, were left in the mother's car during her 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift Sunday at a hotel. She said Downing was a flight risk and that the alleged neglect occurred while the defendant was free on bond awaiting trial in Colonial Heights on a charge of obtaining money by false pretenses.

Defense attorney Linda Lambert said that Downing has been threatened since she has been held in jail.


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