Mother who left child in hot car in Dallas: 'I don't see what the big deal is'

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Tuesday August 24th – From the Dallas Morning News Crime Blog:

When confronted by Dallas officers, a woman accused of leaving her 2-year-old son in her car on a day when temperatures in North Texas hit 110 acted surprised by the police response, according to police documents.

“What’s going to happen?” Gloria Arellano (right), 27, said, according to the documents. “I don’t see what the big deal is.”

Dallas police showed her that it was a big deal.

Arellano faces a charge of child endangerment. She is being held in the Dallas County Jail, where her bail was set at $1,500, records said.

Police believe Arellano left the boy in her 2005 Toyota Camry while she went inside the Texas Workforce Commission at 2707 Stemmons Freeway with a 6-month-old son about 3 p.m. yesterday.

About 15 minutes later, a witness told a uniformed security guard that the boy was locked inside the vehicle alone, police said. The security guard found all four windows were rolled up and he motioned for the boy to unlock a rear door, which the boy did, the documents said.

The security guard picked the boy up and took him inside to get water. He later told police the boy “was completely drenched with sweat.”

Dallas police dispatch reported the temperature to be 105 at the time of the incident.

Arellano told police that she could not handle both children, so she left the boy in the car while she applied for work inside.

“I left a window cracked and food in there,” she said.

Scott Goldstein, Dallas Morning News Crime Blog

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