Gun was in diaper bag between two children under age 2.

NORTH CANTON  A mother of two remained behind bars Thursday, accused of leaving her children locked in a car with a loaded gun during a job interview.

Bond was set at $52,000 for Shawnyce L. Little, 23, of Barberton, who police arrested at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of E. Maple Street on charges of endangering children and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, Stark County Jail records said.

Jail records said she left the children locked in the vehicle for about 20 to 30 minutes while she went to the interview, leaving a diaper bag in the back seat with the unsecured, loaded gun.

People walking through the parking lot called police to report that two toddlers were alone in the back seat of the car and crying, said Sgt. Frank Kemp of the North Canton Police Department.

Police searched for the children's parents but couldn't find anyone.

"We were getting ready to force entry into the car for the safety of the kids, and that's when she returned," said Kemp. "We had been there for a fair amount of time before she walked out."

Kemp said the diaper bag containing the gun was found between the children in the back seat.

The children, both under the age of 2, were turned over to Child Protective Services in Summit County, and a grandparent was notified, he said.

The jail records also said Little is employed as a laborer at a Canton business, but the records do not say whether she was hired for the new job.

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