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Walterboro PD: Pangalangan's vehicle had broken-out window, AC blew warm air

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Ashley Pangalangan (Colleton County Detention Center)

WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) - Walterboro Police have released new details about the arrest of a woman on child endangerment charges Monday, a week after the suspect's mother was accused of murdering her disabled teen daughter under similar circumstances.

Ashley Pangalangan, 30, was arrested Monday, and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, after police say she left two children inside vehicle while shopping at the Walterboro Walmart. The children's ages are 7 and under a year, police say.

A newly released incident report from Walterboro PD investigators shows Pangalangan's children were left in a car that had a broken-out window covered in plastic, and an air conditioner that was blowing warm air.

The incident took place in the 1 p.m. hour, according to police. The outside temperature in Walterboro at the time was 91 degrees with a heat index of 97, police say.

According to a timeline given by police, Pangalangan was inside the store for at least about 25 minutes, but claimed she'd only been in the store for five minutes when confronted by officers after she returned to her car.

Two witnesses reported the children being left alone in the vehicle at 1:18 p.m. Police arrived at 1:27 p.m., and Pangalangan didn't come out of the store until approximately 15 minutes after police arrived, all according to police documents.

Pangalangan remained in jail Tuesday afternoon. A judge set her bond at $25,000.

The week prior to her own arrest, Ashley Pangalangan's mother, Rita, was arrested for the death of Ashley's 13-year-old special needs sister.

Cristina Pangalangan died after being left in a vehicle for five hours on August 5, according to Colleton County Sheriff's Office investigators.

Both Rita Pangalangan, 49, and her boyfriend Larry E. King, Jr., 41, are charged with murder over Cristina's death. Both remain in jail without bond.

The couple left Cristina in a vehicle at approximately 11 a.m. while they went inside King's house, deputies said surveillance video showed.

King and Pangalangan came back to check on Cristina at about 12:15 p.m. before going back inside, and didn't checked on her again until around 3 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

When they came back outside around 3 p.m., investigators say King and Pangalangan left King's property altogether for over an hour, before finally returning around 4:15 p.m.

It was then the couple called 9-1-1 to report Cristina wasn't breathing. She died at the scene, emergency officials said.

Colleton County authorities have said Cristina had special needs and was unable to take care of herself.

A funeral for Cristina is set for Wednesday, August 14, at Faith Church in Walterboro, starting at 4 p.m.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Cristina's memory to the Colleton County Special Olympics.