Kids Left in Car for 7 Hours After Shoplifting Parents Don't Mention Them to Police

Ugh. Sometimes people do really dumb things, and sadly, sometimes children are involved. Three kids were found trapped in a car in a Walmart parking lot -- seven hours after their parents were arrested for shoplifting.

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Tosheba Hope, 30, and Gerald Moultrie, 24, were caught trying to smuggle $600 worth of tools and car accessories out of a Walmart in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, on Monday, January 5. It was around 7 p.m. when they were arrested in the parking lot, just a few feet away from the car that held their three kids, age 2, 7, and 9.

They never said a word about the children. Hope is the mother of all three, and Moultrie is the father of the youngest and presumably the one she's pregnant with, because of course she is. How does a pregnant mom just leave her kids in a locked car in a parking lot at night?

The children weren't discovered until about 2 a.m., when a customer heard them crying and notified store employees. The poor things must have been terrified!

Even though Hope didn't bother to mention to law enforcement at the time of her arrest that she had children in the car, she sure as heck mentioned them to the judge in a bid to get herself out of jail.

She was later released, and the children have been placed with another family member. They were reportedly upset, but not injured. Thank God -- this story could've had a much more tragic ending. 

In addition to grand theft, the couple will also likely face child neglect charges.

Broward Sheriff Office spokeswoman Gina Carter told the Miami Herald, "It's extremely dangerous that the kids were left in a car with no supervision. No one knew they were out there, no one knew where their parents were."

Why do you think the parents failed to mention their kids in the car?


Images via Broward County Sheriff's Office

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