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Mississippi mom arrested after two children drowned in locked car

She told police she left three children in the SUV for 10 minutes while she ran into the store.

LELAND, Miss. — Police say a 25-year-old Mississippi woman has been arrested after two of her three children drowned when she left them in a locked car and it rolled into a creek.

Image: Jenea Monique Payne
On March 11, 2019, Jenea Payne was booked and charged at the Leland Police Department for an incident involving the death of her two sons.Leland Police Dept

The Clarion-Ledger reports Leland police charged Jenea Monique Payne on Monday with two counts of negligent homicide and one of child neglect.

Payne's third child, 2-year-old Raelynn Johnson, was rescued Saturday as Payne's SUV floated downstream. When divers found the vehicle about two hours later, the bodies of 4-year-old Steve Smith and 1-year-old Rasheed Johnson Jr. were inside.

WLBT reports that Leland's fire chief was among the rescuers.

Police say Payne told investigators she left the children for five or 10 minutes while she went into a convenience store.

Leland is about 85 miles northwest of Jackson.