A mother from Austin, Texas, has been charged with felony child endangerment after police said she left her two children in a hot car while she tried to steal things from a Walmart in the summer.
Raquel Perez, 26, drove to a Walmart in south Austin on May, 5, 2016. She left her 21-month-old and 3-year-old children inside of the hot car while she went to get her nails done and steal stuff from Walmart
According to police officers, the children were left in the “very hot, sweaty, and dirty” car for 75 minutes.
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The 3-year-old was reportedly able to unlock the door so the two children could be removed from the car and taken into the store’s security office.
When Perez came out of the store to put the items she had allegedly stolen in the car, she found her children missing and went back into the store to find them.
Edward Alcoser and his co-worker helped the children get out of the car. He said he was “really upset and a bit angry,” adding that “you don’t do this to kids, you just don’t.”
“We went closer to the car to see two kids crying up a storm and totally drenched in their own perspiration,” said Alcoser. “It just felt wrong and we needed to do something.”
“I’m just grateful that we were there and willing to do something about it, not to just let them suffer in the car,” said Alcoser. “Who knows how long it would’ve lasted?”
All of Perez’s activity was caught on surveillance videos.
“She was obviously not thinking right. Getting her nails done and obviously shoplifting,” said Officer Albino Cadenas, according to KXAN.
Officers tried to contact Perez several weeks later, but she refused to talk to them.
“She told the detective that she didn’t want to talk about the incident and there was nothing to talk about and immediately hanged up,” Cadenas said.
Perez was eventually charged over a year later with felony child endangerment.