A Big Spring woman was arrested Sunday afternoon on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child â€“ criminal negligence after law enforcement officials say she left her 1-year-old infant in a vehicle unattended while she went shopping at the local Walmart Supercenter.
Katherine Rios, 23, of 306 N.E. Sixth St., was arrested Sunday on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child â€“ criminal negligence.
According to Big Spring Police Department reports, officers were dispatched to Walmart â€” located in the 200 block of W. FM 700 â€” at approximately 4:33 p.m. after a shopper discovered the child in the vehicle, apparently unattended.
â€śThe person who called the incident in to dispatch found the child at 4:20 p.m.,â€ť Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD said. â€śThe child was in the vehicle, unrestrained with the windows partially down.â€ť
Everett said the unattended child was also reported to the staff at the Walmart, at which time they began paging the owner of the vehicle.
â€śThe mother was located at 5 p.m., so we know for sure the child was unattended for a minimum of 40 minutes,â€ť Everett said. â€śThe woman told officers that she initially hadn't planned to take the infant with her and had forgot she was in the vehicle when she went inside.â€ť
Rios was arrested and taken to the Howard County Detention Center. Her bond has been set at $3,000 and she was still in the custody of the detention center at the time of this report, according to jail officials.