CHICAGO (AP) — Child endangerment and obstruction charges were dropped Thursday against a woman who briefly left her 2-year-old daughter sleeping in the car while she and her two older daughters poured coins into a Salvation Army kettle.

Treffly Coyne had been scheduled to stand trial Thursday, but instead prosecutor Peggy Gill-Curtin told Judge James Ryan that the office was dropping the misdemeanor charges.

The decision was reached because "we were unable to meet our burden of proof," Cook County state's attorney spokesman John Gorman said.

"I feel good and I feel a little bit more empowered now," said Coyne.