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Bond was set at $25,000 Wednesday for an El Dorado woman who was arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor after her two children were left unaccompanied in a local business early Wednesday morning.

Nefretiri A. Carter, 28, of the 900 block of North Flenniken, appeared in 35th Judicial District Court on two felony counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of a controlled substance.

While on routine patrol at approximately 3:37 a.m. in downtown El Dorado, an officer reported seeing a vehicle traveling through the area without headlights.

The officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Washington and Cedar and said the driver, later determined to the Carter, appeared to be impaired, noting that she was lethargic and her speech was slurred.

Police said they noticed a prescription bottle that was not labeled in the center console of the vehicle and identified the pills inside the bottle as muscle relaxers.

During the traffic stop, officers were called to Walmart Supercenter, 2730 N. West Ave., in reference to “two small, unattended juvenile males.”

Carter reportedly told officers during the traffic stop that her two children were asleep in the backseat and police said she was the only person inside the vehicle at the time.

Officers confirmed that Carter was the mother of the children — two boys, presumably twins, both 4 years old — who were found at Walmart.

An employee told police she noticed the children standing alone just inside the entrance at 3:20 a.m. and that other employees had told her that the children’s mother had been in the parking lot and did not come inside the store with the children.

Another witness said Carter was the boys’ mother.

Police said the children were taken to the Flenniken Avenue residence and released into the custody of a relative.

More than two hours earlier, Carter reported that a woman she knew damaged her vehicle, struck her in the forehead and pulled her hair during an argument in the parking lot of Haygood-Neal Garden Apartments, 1315 W. First.

Carter said the altercation was part of an ongoing dispute with the woman, who allegedly pounded on the hood of Carter’s vehicle with both fists before striking Carter.

Police said there was a “large, noticeable dent” in the hood of Carter’s vehicle.

El Dorado man arrested in connection with Tuesday accident

Kelvin M. Jackson, 40, of the 200 block of Marrable Hill, was arrested Tuesday morning for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

Officers responded at 6:40 p.m. to a report of an accident in the area of Hillsboro and Rock Island Right of Way and upon arrival, they saw a silver Ford Expedition tilted onto its side, just north of Hillsboro.

Police said they also saw a male, later identified as Jackson, “hastily” walking away from the scene.

A witness told police that Jackson and a female were arguing inside the Expedition in a vacant parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection.

The witness said the female exited the vehicle and began walking north on Rock Island ROW, and Jackson sped onto Hillsboro and turned sharply onto Rock Island ROW in an apparent attempt to follow the female.

He struck a Cadillac Escalade that was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection and was facing south on Rock Island ROW, the witness said, adding that the impact thrust the Expedition eastward, causing it to strike a raised portion of the vacant parking lot.

The SUV then became stuck at an “extreme angle” and leaned onto its driver’s side, according to a police report.

The witness identified Jackson as the driver of the Expedition.

Jackson was then taken into custody for leaving the scene of an accident. He was also cited for careless and prohibited driving and driving on a suspended license.

Police said the driver of the Escalade left the scene prior to their arrival.

No injuries were reported.

Tia Lyons may be contacted at 870-862-6611 or tlyons@eldoradonews.com.

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