LIVERMORE -- For at least the second time in a month, Livermore police arrested a mother who they say left her young children unattended in a car.

Police say 33-year-old Renate Iacono, of Livermore, left her 1- and 3-year-old children inside a running, air-conditioned car for at least 17 minutes on Wednesday evening while she shopped at the downtown Safeway.

A teenage courtesy clerk saw a child in the running car and told a co-worker, who called 911 around 6:30 p.m. after seeing two crying children inside, said Sgt. Keith Graves.

When police arrived, Iacono was driving out of the lot, but they stopped the car and took her into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor child endangerment, Graves said.

Leaving a child in a running car is dangerous, he said, as "a lot of people will see a running vehicle and jump in for a joy ride."

Last month, Livermore police arrested Phaley Nget, 37, of Oakland, who had left her two daughters, ages 2 and 3, locked inside a car while she gambled at Casino 580. When police arrived, they found the children strapped inside their car seats and crying.

Prosecutors have charged Nget with felony child abuse.

"We just want to remind parents that it is not safe to leave your kid in the car," Graves said.

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