Judge allows visits for woman accused of leaving kids in hot car
BEMIDJI - The Bagley woman accused of leaving her children in a hot car while trying on swimsuits at the Target here will likely be allowed to have supervised visits with her children.
Bianca Jean Hazelrigg, 21, of Bagley, appeared in Beltrami County District Court Monday morning before Judge Paul Benshoof.
Hazelrigg faces a gross misdemeanor charge of endangerment of a child by putting them in a position that could cause them harm or death.
Hazelrigg posted bail and is no longer in Beltrami County Jail. One of the conditions of her release is that she has no contact with the four children who were allegedly left inside her car on June 9 in 88-degree temperatures while she shopped for swimsuits inside Target for 29 minutes.
Hazelrigg's attorney Diana Sweeney asked during Monday's hearing for the judge to lift the no-contact order so the mother could visit her children.
Hazelrigg has suffered "an emotional hardship by being separated from her children," Sweeney told the court.
The children, according to Hazelrigg, are now with a family member.
It was not immediately clear whether Clearwater County has initiated a CHIPS (Children in Need of Protection) case regarding the children. Hazelrigg said it had not and Benshoof did not have paperwork showing one had been started.
The judge ordered Hazelrigg will be allowed supervised visitation with the children.
"I don't want her to have custody of the kids yet, but I don't have a problem with her having contact," he said.
Benshoof noted that if Clearwater County does have an active CHIPS file regarding the children, that Clearwater County's rulings in that matter would supersede his order allowing Hazelrigg contact.
Hazelrigg's next court appearance was set for July 9.