Edmonton police have charged a woman for allegedly leaving her two children alone in a vehicle while temperatures hit 25 C outside Thursday afternoon.

Police were called to a grocery store parking lot at South Edmonton Commons around 2 p.m. Thursday after receiving a complaint about two children left alone in a vehicle for about 20 minutes.

Police found a four-year-old girl and eight-year-old boy left alone in an SUV. The children’s mother returned to the vehicle just as officers arrived on scene.

“Although the vehicle was not running and the keys were not left inside, the bottom line is a vehicle is not a babysitter,” said staff Sgt. Warren Driechel in a news release.

“Regardless of the weather, it is never safe to leave children unattended in a vehicle. They can suffer medical distress or become victims of crime. Make sure kids are always properly supervised and plan outings accordingly.”

While the children did not require medical attention, the 39-year-old woman was charged with one count of causing a child to be in need of intervention under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.