Kids left in van filled with gas fumes found crying, shaking

Nelda Venneth Vizcarra // Palmhurst PD

A mom of two is behind bars after she allegedly left her kids inside a van that was emitting thick, white smoke while she was inside of an HEB store.

The Palmhurst Police Department arrived at the grocery store on the 120 E. 3 Mile Line Road Friday around 3:50 p.m.

A three and nine-year-old were found inside a van where the smoke was coming from the rear exhaust of the vehicle.

Officers smelled a strong odor of gas fumes coming from inside the vehicle, where the children were found crying and shaking.

Paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the children.

A relative took custody of the three and nine-year-old.

The mother of the children, Nelda Venneth Vizcarra left her kids inside the van while she was at the Money Gram inside HEB for more than half an hour.

Police arrested the mother for abandoning and endangering a child with intent to return, a State Jail Felony.

A judge arraigned Vizcarra Saturday, charging her with two counts of abandoning and endangering child with the intent to return.

The mother of two was given a $100,000 cash surety bond and taken to the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office Detention Center where she remains behind bars.