Felony charges dropped for Fairbanks woman who left kids in car with temps at 30 below

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks woman charged with leaving her two young children in her car after it slid off the road in temperatures at nearly 30 degrees below zero has been released on bail.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports felony charges against 25-year-old Kristin Smith were dropped.

Alaska State Troopers say Smith told them she left the children in the car to walk a quarter mile to her husband’s home. But troopers say once there she took some prescription medication and fell asleep and never returned to the vehicle.

She was originally charged with two felony counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.

The felony counts were dismissed after a preliminary hearing in the case.

The children are in state custody.

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