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      Mom jailed for leaving her kids at Burger King while shopping

      Maricela Hernandez Molina // Brownsville Police Department Photo

      A Brownsville mother is facing criminal charges after she allegedly left her children at a local Burger King restaurant while she went shopping across the street.

      Brownsville police arrested 45-year-old Maricela Hernandez Molina around 4:20 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

      Investigators told Action 4 News that Molina left her 8- and 9-year-old children at a Burger King near West Alton Gloor and Expressway 77/83.

      Molina allegedly went to a Walmart store across the street and went shopping for 45 minutes.

      Officers charged Molina with two counts of abandoning a child with intent to return.

      Molina appeared before a Brownsville municipal court judge on Monday morning.

      Bond information was not immediately available.