Richmond, Virginia – A mom was arrested yesterday after she left her 4 youngsters aged between one and 7 years previous in her automobile for greater than 9 hours whereas she was consuming alone in a restaurant.
Based on the Richmond Police Division, 34-year-old Raquel Hernandez determined to go away her youngsters in the automobile whereas treating herself to an all-you-can-eat meal on the Golden Corral Buffet & Grill.
The 400-lbs lady arrived round 11 AM and was nonetheless consuming when the police arrived on the location at 8:20 PM.
29-year-old Sarah Ferguson, the waitress who warned the police, says she observed the children within the automobile when she arrived for her shift and noticed them once more when she completed her work.
“I noticed them within the automobile after I arrived round 11:30 within the morning, I assumed their mom was gone for a fast go to on the close by pharmacy or one thing. However after I completed my shift eight hours later, they have been nonetheless there!”
Ms. Ferguson referred to as the police, who instantly freed the youngsters from the automobile and went on the lookout for the mom.
The younger waitress says she was shocked to seek out out that the mom of the youngsters was a buyer she had served throughout her total shift.
“She was there throughout the entire eight hours I labored. I should have picked up at the very least sixty empty plates from her desk.”
Sarah Ferguson decided to call the police after noticing the children in the car both before and after her 8-hour shift.
The single mother of four will now face four charges of child abandonment and four charges of child neglect.
If found guilty on all charges, Ms. Hernandez could lose custody of her children and spend up to 20 years in prison.
She was freed from jail this morning on a $12,500 bail, but her children will remain under the care of social services until the end of her trial.