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WINTER HAVEN, Florida (AP) - A central Florida mother was arrested after police say she left her four children alone for several hours to go to a food bank.

Ashley Richardson is facing four counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm.

Police said the children, ranging from 6 to 8 years old, walked almost half a mile from their home and were playing in a park Tuesday when a Winter Haven police officer noticed they were alone.

The officer watched the children for several minutes until one waved her over in their direction. When the officer got to the children, the 8-year-old had his leg stuck in a swing designed for toddlers.

The Lakeland Ledger reported that firefighters had to take the swing off its frame to free the boy.

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