Car Towed With 2 Kids Inside While Dad’s Carrying in Groceries

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car towedA father was recently arrested and charged with two counts of abandoning a child after he allegedly left his two young girls in his car while he loaded groceries into his home. Victor Ruiz reportedly parked his car in a no-parking zone outside of his Houston apartment while he ran the bags into his place, and while he was doing so, he supposedly asked neighbors to keep an eye on the car. However, while he was inside, a tow truck came and towed Ruiz's car away with the girls in it. According to the neighbors, the tow truck driver was told that there were kids in the car, yet he towed it anyway. And somehow, Ruiz is the only one in trouble. Fair of unjust?

For the record, I do not think it's okay to leave children in a car unattended. I have never done this with my daughter and probably would have handled the situation differently than Ruiz did. But, according to the report, Ruiz had asked neighbors to watch his children, and the tow truck driver was told there were kids in the car. Sade Jones, one of Ruiz's neighbors, said: "When [the driver] pulled into the apartments, he hurried up and hooked his thing on the car. I'm like, "Wait! There's kids in the car!" He snapped the picture and hurried up and sped off with these people's cars."

If this is an accurate description of how the situation unfolded -- Ruiz ran into his house for a moment; the driver was told there were children in the car -- it seems a little unfair. Not saying what Ruiz did was right, but perhaps the driver should be charged with something as well? And, as sad as this is, maybe they should start checking to see if anyone is in the car before towing it. I get that it's the parent's responsibility, but nobody wins if a kid's in the car when it's towed.

Thankfully, despite getting home at 2 in the morning, the girls are okay. But it's going to be a long road for their father. And I don't know, something just seems off with this.

What do you think of this? Have you ever left your kids in the car while you loaded groceries into your house?

 

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nonmember avatar mammaMia

What part of "no parking" do people not get? Unless it is a medical emergency, tough @#$^!

butte... butterflyfreak

I think there must be more to this story. I have never heard of a tow truck towing a car from a no parking zone only minutes after being parked. Usually, a car would probably sit for an hour or so before the tow truck is even called.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

What part of "there are kids in the car!" Do people not get?

Monica Mata

THIS IS VERY UNFAIR AND UNJUST!!! THE ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE CHARGED AND ARRESTED IS THE WRECKER DRIVER, BECAUSE HE WAS TOLD BY NEIGHBORS THAT THERE WERE CHILDREN IN THE VEHICLE, THEREFOR HE NEEDS TO BE CHARGED WITH THE KIDNAPPING OF 2 CHILDREN AND 2 CHARGES OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT!!! YES, THE FATHER SHOULDN'T HAVE LEFT HIS CHILDREN IN THE VEHICLE BUT WITH THE NEIGHBOR'S COMMENT, IT CONFIRMS THAT HE DID ASK THEM TO KEEP AN EYE ON HIS CHILDREN WHILE HE TOOK GROCERIES INTO THEIR HOME!!!

Craft... CraftyJenna

You can get towed within min of parking, it happened to me once. I had the misfortune of parking at the end of a row of meters, and missed the sign at the other end of the block saying no parking after X time. I ran inside the building, tne min later camee out to find my car being towed, even though all the cars in front of mine had been there before me. That shit happens, but towing a car with children inside? zthe tow driver should get charged with child endangerment, and honest to god, if he was told, kidnapping. 

SNAPA SNAPA

A small part of me wonder if his car was in the repossession process...I find those drivers to be sort of ruthless in regards to towing your vehicle.  But, parking in a no parking zone to run groceries inside the house, and yet tow truck quickly towed it away...was the tow truck waiting for a violator while revving up the engine?  Was father gone longer than a couple of minutes?  There are some pieces to this puzzle that are missing.


 

jaznrich jaznrich

Imo, He didn't leave the kids alone, he left them being watched by the neighbors. That driver knowingly took the car with the children inside. If he took the children, it was kidnapping. He should have had someone remove the children before towing the car. At worst, the father should be ticketed for parking where he did.

nonmember avatar Addisyn'sMom

Houston tow truck drivers are notorius for this. They drive around waiting and watching and as soon as they figure they have someone, they swoop in and hitch the car up. The rule is, once the car is hitched, they can't put it down they have to take it in. This is how they make their money.

Irela... Ireland69

This was the dad and probably didn't have anybody helping him, he did what he thought was best instead of leaving them in the apartment, he told his neighbors and they tried to help him while he unloaded the groceries.  Ok so let's say he took the kids into the apartment and went to park and a fire started or something is he going to be blames also for abondment?  give him a break he did what he thought was best. it's the tow truck driver that was greedy to make money.  i've seen this happen!!!

Jennifer Chahulski

I have a husband who is a tow truck driver and asked him what he thought about this..because I have never heard of anyone being so callously ignorant..My husband told me that the tow truck driver was not only in the wrong but also had several options that he could have offered to that man..instead of just driving off he could have chained it and lifted, explained to him that he had to tow it but let him have his kids..or even gave him the option of a whats called a drop fee..The tow truck driver being aware that there were minors in the car should have been charged with kidnapping and reckless endangerment...I do agree the father was wrong but the tow truck driver put those children willingly in danger for his own amusement....

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