AUGUSTA, Maine (NECN) -- A Maine mother is facing a criminal charge after police say her 4-year-old daughter wandered away from the house in a snowstorm.
Surveillance video from a convenience store in Augusta shows the little girl walking into the Augusta Qwik Mart store at around
6 p.m. Wednesday.
Police say the girl managed to walk half of a mile in the storm to the store on busy Western Ave. She told the clerk she wanted some ice cream.
When the clerk realized the child was alone, she called police and kept the girl behind the counter until officers arrived.
"It's just fortunate that nothing happened to the little girl, so many horror stories out there, at least we did a good deed," store clerk Lori Vincent said.
Police said the mother didn't know her daughter had left the house. She told police she was busy and thought her daughter was in another part of the house.
She is facing one charge of endangering the welfare of a child. The girl was returned to her
mother's custody Wednesday night.