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Florida woman left 2 children in hot car with bag of meth while she shopped, deputies say

Nicole Buffington, 24, arrested on child neglect, meth possession charges

Nicole Buffington, 24, of Port Richey, was arrested after deputies say she left two children in a hot car with a bag of meth while she went shopping.
Nicole Buffington, 24, of Port Richey, was arrested after deputies say she left two children in a hot car with a bag of meth while she went shopping.

PORT RICHEY, Fla. – A Florida woman left two children in a hot car with a bag of meth while she went shopping, deputies said.

Nicole Buffington, 24, of Port Richey, was arrested Tuesday on charges of child neglect and possession of methamphetamine. 

A Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrest report said deputies were called after receiving a report of children left in a hot car that afternoon.

It said the children, ages 1 and 7, were found inside the car with a plastic bag filled with a "crystal-like substance" that was in the driver's seat. It said a test found it to be methamphetamine. 

Buffington was found in a nearby store, and deputies learned the children had been in the car for about 20 minutes.