A mom in Houston, Texas, was arrested after she kicked out her 10-year-old son from her car for spilling food and abandoned him near a busy intersection.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Kesa Brown faces child endangerment charges for leaving the child at the 2500 block of North Sam Houston Parkway near Veterans Memorial Drive.
The boy, who was not named, was discovered at a nearby gas station. He told officials that his mother made him exit the vehicle for spilling food, said the Precinct 4 Harris County Constable’s Office.
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ABC13 reported that Brown left him alone to walk in 100-degree Fahrenheit weather.
After the arrest, Child Protective Services were contacted, and the child was released to a guardian, the Chronicle reported.
Brown also said that she didn’t contact the police about the incident because her Texas driver’s license was invalid.
Brown was arrested, and her bond was set at $15,000.
When she was arrested, Brown was already out on bond for a previous case involving the child, said officials.
Hot Cars: A Dangerous Situation
Heatkills.org, citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says that temperatures range between 80 and 100 degrees, the interior of the car can get to 130 to 172 degrees.
“Children have died in cars with the temperature as low as 63 degrees. Basically, the car becomes a greenhouse. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees,” stated Jan Null, adjunct professor at San Francisco State University, according to the website.
Meanwhile, Safecar.gov offers advice to parents:
- Always check the back seats of your vehicle before your lock it and walk away.
- Keep a stuffed animal or other memento in your child’s car seat when it’s empty, and move it to the front seat as a visual reminder when your child is in the back seat.
- If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely.
- Experts have noted that a car’s temperature can rise 20 degrees Fahrenheit in under 10 minutes.