Mom left kids in 100-degree car while she shoplifted, police say

AUSTIN - Police allege a woman left her two children in a hot car while she got her nails done and shoplifted from a south Austin Wal-Mart last year.

According to an affidavit dated April 5, police say they were called to the Wal-Mart near East Ben White and Interstate 35 around 1:55 p.m. May 5, 2016 for a report of two children – a 21-month old and a 3-year-old – left in a hot vehicle. Witnesses alerted Wal-Mart employees, and the affidavit states the 3-year-old was able to unlock the door so they could be taken inside. A fireman noted the interior temperature of the car was 100°F several minutes after the vehicle was opened.

Police say they were able to identify Raquel Perez, 26, as the victims’ mother when she came into the store looking for her children. The affidavit states Perez told police she left her children in the car because they were asleep.

Using surveillance cameras, police established Perez parked at the store shortly around 12:45 p.m. and walked into the Wal-Mart. After exiting the store around 10 minutes later, she reentered the store and went to the nail salon. The affidavit states around 2:05 p.m., surveillance video captured Perez leaving the nail salon and proceed to shoplift from the store. Police said Perez activated the anti-theft sensors around 2:25 p.m. and placed items in her car before returning to the store to ask about her children.

Police have charged Perez with endangering a child, a state jail felony.

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