Mom charged after allegedly leaving child in car to drink margaritas

Published May 05, 2012


A Texas woman is in jail after allegedly leaving her 2-year-old in a hot car while she was inside a restaurant drinking margaritas.

Jessica Christian is charged with child abandonment after police say she left her young son in the car with the engine off and the car windows cracked for about forty minutes, reports.

A passerby identified as Celina Perez noticed the child in the car, and says when she realized how hot he was she knew she had to call police.

Authorities say the temperatures were 83 degrees at the time.

"It doesn't take a lot for temperatures to easily exceed 140 degrees inside of a car," Lt. Joel Lavender of Dallas-Fire Rescue told  

Christian was arrested when she came out of the restaurant to find authorities surrounding the car. According to the police report, when confronted by police Christian said she had run inside the Tejano restaurant to grab a takeout order, but a receipt produced by the bartender showed she had purchased four margaritas within forty minutes. 

The boy was treated for dehydration and released to his grandmother, reports.

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