The Amanda Nejat case came to a conclusion Thursday in the Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton.
The 46-year-old Danville mother, who left her 11-week-old twins in her Escalade while she returned items to Nordstrom, was ordered by Judge Jacob Blea to stay away from the Pleasanton retailer, take parenting classes and pay a $1,000 fine, the Mercury News reported.
Through Nejat pleaded not guilty in March to two counts of child endangerment, she switched to no contest as part of the plea deal and had one of the counts dropped, the Merc report stated.
The plea also requires Nejat to take 26 parenting classes and 52 counseling sessions.
If Nejat sticks to the plea, the judgment could be expunged after two years.
Pleasanton Police arrested after someone noticed in a parked Cadillac Escalade in the Stoneridge Mall parking lot.
The witness called police and mall security and when the mother — who turned out to be Nejat — returned, she was arrested.
Based on security camera footage, Pleasanton Police officer Larry Cox said the infants were left alone for at least 40 minutes.
Nejat told police initially that she just went in to use the bathroom. Later, police say she admitted she did some shopping and returned some items.
the witness was a mom herself.
"She kind of did a double take when she first heard this," he said. "As a parent, you know the difference between an infant cry and the cry of an older child."
As mall security officers and the witness waited by the car, Nejat came out, Cox said.
"They told her they'd called police, and that she needed to wait there," Cox said. "She didn't try to flee or anything like that."
She admitted to shopping and returning some things, Cox said. She didn't say what she was shopping for.
She was arrested on the spot. Her husband picked up the babies and took them home, Cox said.