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October 1, 2014

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Couple arrested after leaving 8 kids in van

A couple could face child endangerment charges after officers discovered their eight children, ages 1 to 10 years old, locked in a van.

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Billy McGruder

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Sharon McGruder

Metro Police arrested Billy and Sharon McGruder shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, when officers were called to a parking lot at Maryland Parkway and Tropicana Avenue. They discovered the eight children and two dogs locked in the van, police said.

Both parents were arrested at the site. The mother came out of a nearby store with groceries and diapers to find officers already removing the children from the van, police said.

Police plan to present the case to the district attorney's office and the parents may face child endangerment charges, which are felonies.

At the time the children were found, it was 111 degrees in Las Vegas, the National Weather Service said.

All of the children were checked by paramedics at the scene and released to other family members, police said.

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