Brownsville parents accused of leaving three children in hot car

Three children are in the custody of their grandparents after their parents allegedly left them inside a hot car at a local WalMart store.

Brownsville police arrested 22-year-old Gabriel Escandon and 28-year-old Juana Genoveva Rodriguez three counts of child endangerment on Saturday.

It all happened at the WalMart store off Alton Gloor Boulevard shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday.

A concerned shopper told store security guards about three children left alone inside a 2002 Ford Mustang.

Police arrived and found three children ranging in ages from 8 months to 8 years old inside.

The car was left running but the 8-year-old child turned the vehicle off.

Store employees provided children with drinks and paged their parents on the intercom system.

Both Escandon and Rodriguez came out to the car where they were arrested.

Investigators told Action 4 News that the children were in good health and turned over to the custody of their grandparents.

Both Rodriguez and Escandon appeared before a Brownsville municipal judge where they were each issued $30,000 dollar bonds.

Escandon posted bond but Rodriguez remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail under a U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer.

According to Action 4 News, this is the fifth incident where Rio Grande Valley parents have been charged for leaving their children inside cars.

Of those children, one child died in Cameron Park in July and another child died in Alton in June.