A 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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