Weslaco mother charged for leaving toddler in hot car

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A Weslaco mother is facing criminal charges after authorities rescued her son from a hot car parked outside a WalMart.

Weslaco police charged 34-year-old Claudia Garza with child endangerment.

The incident happened in the parking lot of the WalMart Supercenter off North Texas Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police told Action 4 News that authorities received a report about a child being locked inside a car parked outside the store.

According to reports, the 22-month-old boy was reportedly "soaked in sweat."

Temperatures reached 99 degrees outside but were estimated to be much higher inside the car.

A police officer broke the car window and got the child out of his car seat.

Paramedics evaluated and treated the boy at the scene.

Garza spent the night in jail and appeared before a Weslaco Municipal Court judge on Thursday morning where she was issued a $30,000 bond.

Weslaco police are reminding the public to never leave children unattended always check the back seat of your vehicle before leaving.