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3 kids left in car for 7 hours while parents were arrested for shoplifting

By Mason White 10:45 AM January 8, 2015
Tosheba Hope and Gerald Moultrie 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A couple is in trouble for abandoning their children while they were shoplifting inside a Walmart.

The three children were trapped in the car for 7 hours as their mother and her boyfriend allegedly stole car parts from Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.

While the parents were arrested by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, they did not tell anyone about their young children who were in the car alone.

After being in the car for many hours, the children – ages 2, 5, and 7, – finally walked into the store to look for their parents.

Staff at the Walmart superstore found the children at 2:00 a.m., and called police.

Video surveillance of the store shows the mother, Tosheba Hope, 30, and her boyfriend, Gerald Moultrie, 24, entering the store before 7:00 p.m.

They took $660.20 worth of car parts and tools.The couple was arrested after they tried to leave without paying.

Both parents were originally charged with shoplifting. However, they now face charges of child neglect. Hope, who told the judge that she is pregnant, was released on her own recognizance.

Her three children were placed in the care of family members.