UPDATE: Mother speaks out after video of window-smashing goes viral

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UPDATE: The mother is now speaking out after video of the window-smashing goes viral. The mom, who wants to remain anonymous, told KTRK she was the one who smashed the windows. She said she accidentally locked her keys in her car after buckling her kids into their car seats. Click here to read more.

KATY, Texas - Shoppers took matters into their own hands when they saw two children in a hot car Monday afternoon.

KHOU reported some shoppers saw a boy and girl inside the SUV and tried to beak the windows to free them.

Gabriel Del Valle told KHOU he stepped out of a store when he heard the children yelling for help in the car.

He said another man used a hammer to break to glass.

Del Valle said the children were crying in the hot Jeep; they couldn't open the doors because of the child locks.

According to KHOU, the mother said she left the kids in the car so she could get a haircut.

No one called the police.

Del Valle said the mother pleaded with the other shoppers and said she made a terrible mistake.

Authorities said the children are expected to be OK.

MORE: See the full story from KHOU

11 comments

  • Donna

    She doesnt deserve to have any children,if she hasnt been caught i hope she is,i cant open the link to see..

    • passerby

      I pray she had those children taken away from her that night. Idiot made a clear and conscious choice to leave her children in the car….for a haircut.

      • Erin Kenney

        if you didn’t click on the link to read the whole story, you need to read the full story before you start saying she needs her kids taken away. The link brings up the story and describes what happened in the whole story

  • dave

    im on the fence about calling the cops because i wonder if a officer would have been constrained by the law to charge those people with breaking the window. even tho the officer would have probably agreed with breaking the glass i know if a officer is aware of some crimes he must charge them. if i had to pick one id chose break the glass. that would hopefully drive home the importance of not leaving your kids in the car, in a much more different and compelling way than the normal legal system

    • Bob

      I doubt very much, Dave, if any jury in the United States would convict citizens from rescuing a child who is in physical distress because a mentally challenged adult left them in a hot car. The police know it, the prosecutors know it, and you should know it.

      • dave

        well, you say i should know, but can you say that you know or are these just opinions. its one thing to say that on every moral level you shouldnt be charged with a crime for rescuing children (and i would agrey with you), but morals dont matter if the law says you must be prosecuted for your crime of breaking the glass.

        i believe we all have heard similar stories of a robber hurting them selves on your property and you having to pay for them hurting them selves while robbing you. also i dont know but i dont think a jurry is used in crimes like that its a single judge and even the judge may be constrained by the law to prosecute you, to be honest i really dont know so if you do know im open to be educated but till i have good proof its still a mild concern for me.

      • Bob

        On June 27, 2005 the US Supreme Court ruled that police do not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation. Police certainly are under no obligation to charge a citizen for doing the morally correct thing.

  • Trish Ramirez

    I’m sure the authorities will get involved now that it’s gone viral. Not much the police can do, but DCFS can surely step in. Left them in the car to get a haircut in Texas in the middle of the Summer. I can only imagine that she doesn’t parent much better at any other time. Poor babies.

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