A Queens woman was arrested Wednesday after she tried to fill a forged narcotics prescription while her young children sat unattended in her car in East Meadow, Nassau County police said.
Police said Cheryl Ann Shearer, 33, of Bayside, went to Walgreens at 2474 Hempstead Tpke. at 3:45 p.m. and tried to fill a forged prescription for Percocet.
The pharmacy denied the prescription and notified police, who found Shearer in the parking lot and arrested her.
Shearer had left her two sons, ages 10 weeks and 8, alone in her car while she was in the pharmacy, although she claimed to be the children's baby-sitter and repeatedly denied being their mother, police said.
Shearer had also presented forged prescriptions at other pharmacies in Nassau County during the past three months, police said.
Shearer was charged with 17 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, six counts of first-degree identity theft, endangering the welfare of a child and false personation. At her arraignment Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead, Shearer was ordered held on $31,500 cash bail or $63,000 bond. She is due back in court on Monday.
The children were released to a family member, police said.