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BRIDGEVIEW (STMW) — With temperatures hovering around 100, a south suburban woman left four mentally challenged adults in a van outside a southwest suburban Walmart on Thursday, while she went inside to shop, authorities said.

Kathy Reed, 47, of the 1900 block of South Canal in Blue Island, was charged with criminal neglect of a person with disabilities, Cook County State’s Attorney spokesman Andy Conklin told Sun-Times Media.

Judge Terence B. Smith set bond Friday morning at $20,000. She returns to court on July 18.

Reed took four of her clients in a van without air conditioning to the Walmart store in Evergreen Park on Thursday while the temperature was 99 and the heat index exceeded 100, according to court records.

She went in to do some shopping, leaving the four outside in the van for at least 30 minutes, records show.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)