TX Child Endangerment: Mom Left Toddler in Car and ‘Doesn’t See The Big Deal’
08/25/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley
Dallas, TX— On hottest day so far this year in North Texas, a 27-year-old woman didn’t see the big deal about leaving her 2-year-old son in a hot car with all four windows rolled up, as reported by the Dallas Morning News.
Monday afternoon, August 23, 2010, Gloria Arellano, went to the Texas Workforce Commission center at 2707 Stemmons Freeway to apply for a job. According to a security guard, Arellano originally went into the building with her 2-year-old son and 6-month-old in tow. Arellano then left the building and only came back with her baby.
A witness notified security guards about 15 minutes later at around 3 p.m., that a 2-year-old was locked in a car without the engine running. The security guard motioned for the toddler to unlock the rear door of the 2005 Toyota Camry, in which he did. The security guard picked up the sweaty and hot boy, before taking him inside for a drink of water. The security guard told police that the boy “was completely drenched with sweat.”
Dallas police reported at the temperature was 105-degrees at the time.
When police questioned Arellano, she replied, “What’s going to happen? I don’t see what the big deal is.” Luckily the boy escaped major life-threatening injuries.
Arellano said she couldn’t handle both children, which caused her to leave the toddler inside the car. Arellano stated, “I left a window cracked and food in there.”
Arellano is facing a felony charge of child endangerment, and was released on $1,500 bill Tuesday afternoon from the Dallas County Jail. Child Protective Services say they don’t currently have custody of the children. It is unknown who is taking care of the baby and toddler.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Texas child endangerment lawyers.